no one

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See also: noone, Noone, noöne, and no-one

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no one

  1. Used in contrast to either someone or everyone: not one person; nobody.
    Synonym: none
    Antonyms: all, everybody, somebody
    • 1886 January 5, Robert Louis Stevenson, “Remarkable Incident of Doctor Lanyon”, in Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, London: Longmans, Green, and Co., OCLC 762755901, pages 55–56:
      'The doctor was confined to the house,' Poole said, 'and saw no one.' On the 15th, he tried again, and was again refused; and having now been used for the last two months to see his friend almost daily, he found this return of solitude to weigh upon his spirits.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, “Prologue: Who is Edmund Gray?”, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, [], OCLC 16832619, page 6:
      Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language, he expressed the important words by an initial, a medial, or a final consonant, and made scratches for all the words between. His clerks, however, understood him very well. If he had written a love letter or a farce, or a ballade or a story, no one—neither clerks nor friends nor compositors—would have understood anything but a word here and a word there.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Eye Witness”, in The China Governess: A Mystery, London: Chatto & Windus, OCLC 483591931, page 249:
      The story struck the depressingly familiar note with which true stories ring in the tried ears of experienced policemen. No one queried it. It was in the classic pattern of human weakness, mean and embarrassing and sad.
    • 2020 June 3, Christian Wolmar, “Unworkable Policies Cripple Our Beleaguered Railway”, in Rail, page 51:
      And why has no one in the [rail] industry advocated for a universal requirement for face covering (even if it's just a scarf or old tea towel), [...]

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  • No one has a higher degree of formality than nobody.
  • American users (COCA) use no one 60% more than they use nobody. UK users (BNC) use nobody three times more than they use no one. For the spoken BNC usage, mostly informal, nobody is used nearly 10 times more often than all spellings of no one.
  • American users (COCA) prefer the spelling no one to either noone or no-one by more than 500 to 1.
  • UK users (BNC) prefer no one to no-one 4 to 1, and to noone 50 to 1.

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