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Meaning of none by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • non [11th-17th 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” ) .


    • IPA: /nʌn/, X-SAMPA: /nVn/
    • Homophone: nun



    1. Not any ( one ) of a given number or group of things. With singular or plural concord.
    2. Not any person: no one, nobody ( with singular concord ); no people ( with plural: concord ) .
    3. ( now archaic except Scotland ) Not any; no.

    Usage notes

    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 .

    However, where the given or implied context is clearly singular or plural, then a matching verb makes better sense:

    None of these men is my father .
    None of those options is the best one .
    None of these people are my parents .


    • some
    • all


    none ( not comparable )

    1. To no extent, in no way. [from 11th c.]
      I felt none the worse for my recent illness .
    2. Not at all. [from 13th c.]
      Now don't you worry none .
    3. ( obsolete ) No, not. [14th-16th c.]



Explanation of none by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. not at all or in no way

    2. seemed none too pleased with his dinner
      shirt looked none the worse for having been slept in
      none too prosperous
      the passage is none too clear
    1. not any

    2. thou shalt have none other gods before me
    1. a service in the Roman Catholic Church formerly read or chanted at 3 PM ( the ninth hour counting from sunrise ) but now somewhat earlier

    2. a canonical hour that is the ninth hour of the day counting from sunrise

    Definition of none by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.

    2. None, n. [F.] Same as Nones, 2.