- twelve o'clock in the daytime.
- the highest, brightest, or finest point or part: the noon of one's career.
- Archaic. midnight: the noon of night.
Origin of noon
Examples from the Web for noon
It was around noon that Brinsley chucked the phone behind a radiator at the basketball stadium and went off the grid.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish
December 22, 2014
By noon, Russian officials reported four dead and dozens wounded.Fierce Fighting in Grozny Raises Specter of ISIS Influence in Russia
December 4, 2014
Around noon, the order was given to execute the mission the next day.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
The President was scheduled to arrive at noon, which was perfect.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
I have always been working morning, noon and night for Mainers.America’s First Post-Gay Governor
October 24, 2014
Numerous lamps were lighted in the trees, making the gardens bright as noon.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
At about noon we found some water in a gully by scratching a hole, but it was quite salt.Explorations in Australia
There is a coolness amid all the heat, a mildness in the blazing noon.The Old Manse (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
The slave-hunter was sent for and came with his pack of dogs that same day about noon.Biography of a Slave
They loved the trees for the shadow that they cast, and the forest for its silence at noon.De Profundis
- the middle of the day; 12 o'clock in the daytime or the time or point at which the sun crosses the local meridian
- (as modifier)the noon sun
- poetic the highest, brightest, or most important part; culmination
Word Origin and History for noon
mid-12c., non "midday, 12 o'clock p.m., midday meal," from Old English non "3 o'clock p.m., the ninth hour," also "the canonical hour of nones," from Latin nona hora "ninth hour" of daylight, by Roman reckoning about 3 p.m., from nona, fem. singular of nonus "ninth" (see nones). Sense shift from "3 p.m." to "12 p.m." began during 12c., when time of Church prayers shifted from ninth hour to sixth hour, or perhaps because the customary time of the midday meal shifted, or both. The shift was complete by 14c. (cf. same evolution in Dutch noen).