- non [11th-17th c.]
- IPA: /nʌn/, X-SAMPA: /nVn/
- Homophone: nun
- Not any ( one ) of a given number or group of things. With singular or plural concord.
- Not any person: no one, nobody ( with singular concord ); no people ( with plural: concord ) .
- ( now archaic except Scotland ) Not any; no.
- To no extent, in no way. [from 11th c.]
- Not at all. [from 13th c.]
- ( obsolete ) No, not. [14th-16th c.]
From Middle English none, noon, non ( “not one” ), from Old English nān ( “not one, not any, none” ), from ne ( “not” ) + ān ( “one” ). Cognate with Scots nane ( “none” ), West Frisian neen & gjin ( “no, none” ), Dutch neen & geen ( “no, none” ), Low German nēn, neen ( “none, no one” ), German nein & kein ( “no, none” ), Latin nōn ( “not” ) .
Although uncountable nouns require none to be conjugated with a singular verb, e.g., None of the team plays well., the pronoun can be either singular or plural in most other cases, e.g., Fifty people applied for the position, but none were accepted., and None was qualified .
Explanation of none by Wordnet Dictionary
- None ( nŭn ), a. & pron. [OE. none, non, nan, no, na, AS. nān, fr. ne not + ān one. √193. See No, a. & adv., One, and cf. Non-, Null, a.]
1. No one; not one; not anything; -- frequently used also partitively, or as a plural, not any.
There is none that doeth good; no, not one. Ps. xiv. 3.
Six days ye shall gather it, but on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, in it there shall be none. Ex. xvi. 26.
Terms of peace yet none
Vouchsafed or sought. Milton.
None of their productions are extant. Blair.
2. No; not any; -- used adjectively before a vowel, in old style; as, “thou shalt have none assurance of thy life”.
None of, not at all; not; nothing of; -- used emphatically. “They knew that I was none of the register that entered their admissions in the universities.” Fuller. -- None-so-pretty ( Bot. ), the Saxifraga umbrosa. See London pride under London.
- None, n. [F.] Same as Nones, 2.
Definition of none by GCIDE Dictionary