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[nohnz] /noʊnz/
noun, Ecclesiastical.
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.).
Origin of nones1
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; plural of none2


[nohnz] /noʊnz/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
(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.
1375-1425; late Middle English; Anglicization of Latin nōnae, orig. feminine plural of nōnus ninth


[nohn] /noʊn/
nones1 .
1175-1225; Middle English; Old English nōn < Latin nōna (hōra) ninth (hour). See noon Unabridged
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  • The Calends, the Ides, and the nones were especially to be avoided.

    Roman Women Alfred Brittain
  • You were in Palmyra from the ides of January to the nones of February, and lived in a tavern.

    Aurelian William Ware
  • He himself, on the fifth before the nones of May, set out from the city in his military robe of command.

  • We missed our morning mass, it will do us no harm to hear nones in the Minster.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Nor could such other unlucky days be used as the kalenda, nones, or ides of any month.

    The Historical Child Oscar Chrisman
  • The months were divided into three parts, kalends, nones and ides.

  • In the talk time after nones, the brothers had much to hear about the storms which raged outside their walls.

    Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln Charles L. Marson
British Dictionary definitions for nones


noun (functioning as singular or pl)
(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 month See also calends
(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
Word Origin
Old English nōn, from Latin nōna hora ninth hour, from nōnus ninth


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 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).



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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