1 [nuhn]
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.

before 900; Middle English non, Old English nān, equivalent to ne not + ān one

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. Unabridged


2 [nohn]

1175–1225; Middle English; Old English nōn < Latin nōna (hōra) ninth (hour). See noon Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
none1 (nʌn)
1.  not any of a particular class: none of my letters has arrived
2.  no-one; nobody: there 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 person: none other than the Queen herself
5.  ( foll by a comparative adjective ) none the in no degree: she was none the worse for her ordeal
6.  none too not very: he was none too pleased with his car
usage  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

none2 (nəʊn)
another word for nones

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Word Origin & History

O.E. nan "not one, not any," from ne "not" (see no) + an "one." Cognate with O.S., M.L.G. nen, O.N. neinn, M.Du., Du. neen, O.H.G., Ger. nein "no," and analogous to L. non- (see non-). As an adj., 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 & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with none, also see all (none) of the above; bar none; not have it (have none of); second to none.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
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.
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