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From Latin nonus ‎(ninth).




  1. In the Roman calendar the eighth day (ninth counting inclusively) before the ides of a month.
    • 2013, Roger D. Woodard, Myth, Ritual, and the Warrior in Roman and Indo-European Antiquity, page 38:
      The Nones occur on the seventh day of months, such as July, that have 31 days, and on the fifth day of months having fewer than 31 days: the Nones of July unquestionably occur on July 7; the day is so marked in the single Republican calendar we possess and in the Imperial calendars: this is non-controversial. Why then does Plutarch refer to July 5 as the “Capratine Nones”?
  2. Midday, or the meal eaten at midday.
    • c.1400, William Langland, The vision of Piers Plowman, line 6.145,
      6.144: And al is thorugh suffraunce that vengeaunce yow ne taketh!
      6.145: "Ac ancres and heremites that eten but at Nones
      6.146: And na moore er morwe -- myn almesse shul thei have,
  3. The liturgy said at midday.
  4. Those without a religious affiliation.
    • 2003, Jacob A. Belzen, Antoon Geels, Mysticism: A Variety of Psychological Perspectives, page 50:
      Both the religiously dis-identified ("nones") and the religiously committed report mystical experiences.
    • 2010, Robert D. Putnam, David E Campbell, American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, page 591:
      Stable nones, that is, people who report in both years that they have no religious affiliation, are, in fact, much less religious
    • 2013, Michael Corbett, Politics and Religion in the United States:
      we have grouped people into nones (no religion), Jews, Catholics, mainline Protestants, and evangelical protestants.

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nones f pl

  1. nominative plural of none