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noun Ecclesiastical.
  1. the fifth of the seven canonical hours, or the service for it, originally fixed for the ninth hour of the day (or 3 p.m.).
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Origin of nones1

1375–1425; late Middle English; plural of none2


noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. (in the ancient Roman calendar) the ninth day before the ides, both days included: the seventh of March, May, July, and October, and the fifth of the other months.
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Origin of nones2

1375–1425; late Middle English; Anglicization of Latin nōnae, orig. feminine plural of nōnus ninth


  1. nones1.
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Origin of none2

1175–1225; Middle English; Old English nōn < Latin nōna (hōra) ninth (hour). See noon
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noun (functioning as singular or plural)
  1. (in the Roman calendar) the ninth day before the ides of each month: the seventh day of March, May, July, and October, and the fifth of each other monthSee also calends
  2. mainly RC Church the fifth of the seven canonical hours of the divine office, originally fixed at the ninth hour of the day, about 3 pm
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Word Origin

Old English nōn, from Latin nōna hora ninth hour, from nōnus ninth


  1. not any of a particular classnone of my letters has arrived
  2. no-one; nobodythere was none to tell the tale
  3. no part (of a whole); not any (of)none of it looks edible
  4. none other no other personnone other than the Queen herself
  5. none the (foll by a comparative adjective) in no degreeshe was none the worse for her ordeal
  6. none too not veryhe was none too pleased with his car
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Word Origin

Old English nān, literally: not one


None is a singular pronoun and should be used with a singular form of a verb: none of the students has (not have) a car


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Word Origin and History for nones


early 15c., in reference to the Roman calendar, "ninth day (by inclusive reckoning) before the ides of each month" (7th of March, May, July, October, 5th of other months), from Latin nonæ (accusative nonas), fem. plural of nonus "ninth." Ecclesiastical sense of "daily office said originally at the ninth hour of the day" is from 1709; originally fixed at ninth hour from sunrise, hence about 3 p.m. (now usually somewhat earlier), from Latin nona (hora) "ninth (hour)," from fem. plural of nonus "ninth," contracted from *novenos, from novem "nine" (see nine). Also used in a sense of "midday" (see noon).

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Old English nan (pron.) "not one, not any," from ne "not" (see no) + an "one" (see one). Cognate with Old Saxon, Middle Low German nen, Old Norse neinn, Middle Dutch, Dutch neen, Old High German, German nein "no," and analogous to Latin non- (see non-). As an adverb from c.1200. As an adjective, since c.1600 reduced to no except in a few archaic phrases, especially before vowels, such as none other, none the worse.

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Idioms and Phrases with nones


In addition to the idioms beginning with none

  • none of one's business
  • none of the above
  • none other than
  • none the wiser
  • none the worse for
  • none too

also see:

  • all (none) of the above
  • bar none
  • not have it (have none of)
  • second to none
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