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[nuhn] /nʌn/
no one; not one:
None of the members is going.
not any, as of something indicated:
None of the pie is left. That is none of your business.
no part; nothing:
I'll have none of your backtalk!
(used with a plural verb) no or not any persons or things:
I left three pies on the table and now there are none. None were left when I came.
to no extent; in no way; not at all:
The supply is none too great.
Archaic. not any; no (usually used only before a vowel or h):
Thou shalt have none other gods but me.
Origin of none1
before 900; Middle English non, Old English nān, equivalent to ne not + ān one
Usage note
Since none has the meanings “not one” and “not any,” some insist that it always be treated as a singular and be followed by a singular verb: The rescue party searched for survivors, but none was found. However, none has been used with both singular and plural verbs since the 9th century. When the sense is “not any persons or things” (as in the example above), the plural is more common: … none were found. Only when none is clearly intended to mean “not one” or “not any” is it followed by a singular verb: Of all my articles, none has received more acclaim than my latest one.


[nohn] /noʊn/
nones1 .
1175-1225; Middle English; Old English nōn < Latin nōna (hōra) ninth (hour). See noon Unabridged
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Examples from the web for none
  • The second thing to recognize is that none of the three knew one another.
  • none of the information provided so far will do any such thing.
  • none of this would have happened without that decision.
  • On their own, none of these changes seems big enough to prompt a revolution.
  • none of these transgenic animals have yet entered the market.
  • The brain will find patterns or images where none really exist.
  • It has none of the chalky texture or strong flavor of other kinds of tofu.
  • Yet none of the platform vendors was involved in defining these standards.
  • But none of the diets kept the weight off, and none of the exercise routines stuck.
  • none of which necessarily means that her allegations are therefore false.
British Dictionary definitions for none


not any of a particular class: none of my letters has arrived
no-one; nobody: there was none to tell the tale
no part (of a whole); not any (of): none of it looks edible
none other, no other person: none other than the Queen herself
(foll by a comparative adjective) none the, in no degree: she was none the worse for her ordeal
none too, not very: he was none too pleased with his car
Usage note
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
Word Origin
Old English nān, literally: not one


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Word Origin and History for none

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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