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[noon] /nun/
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
before 900; Middle English none, Old English nōn < Latin nōna ninth hour. See none2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for noon
  • The topiary artist will be creating living works of art at noon and again at three that day.
  • Sundays are also a big meal day, with formal settings at noon.
  • For example, after you had a night shift, you were probably sleeping till next noon.
  • Most photographs are taken near noon with the sun out, on clear days.
  • For example, my shift in the chemistry lab and at the computer doing shipboard responsibilities is from midnight to noon.
  • Tomorrow's noon meal, the one at the end of my shift, should be a barbecue.
  • Or a language that uses subject-verb-object word order in the morning and object-verb-subject word order after noon.
  • The distinguished author has created a paean to friendship and its constancy, morning, noon and night.
  • Before rail, individual towns and cities kept time based on local noon, or the highest position of the sun.
  • At noon, underground walkways teem with nurses and doctors buying lunch.
British Dictionary definitions for noon


  1. the middle of the day; 12 o'clock in the daytime or the time or point at which the sun crosses the local meridian
  2. (as modifier): the noon sun
(poetic) the highest, brightest, or most important part; culmination
Word Origin
Old English nōn, from Latin nōna (hōra) ninth hour (originally 3 p.m., the ninth hour from sunrise)
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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).

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