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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English nōn, from a Germanic borrowing of classical Latin nōna(ninth hour) (short for nōna hōra), feminine of nōnus(ninth). Cognate with Dutch noen, obsolete German Non, Norwegian non.


noon ‎(plural noons)

  1. (obsolete) The ninth hour of the day counted from sunrise; around three o'clock in the afternoon.
  2. Time of day when the sun is in its zenith; twelve o'clock in the day, midday.
  3. (obsolete) The corresponding time in the middle of the night; midnight.
    • 1885, When night was at its noon I heard a voice chanting the Koran in sweetest accents — Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Night 17:
  4. (figuratively) The highest point; culmination.
    • Motley
      In the very noon of that brilliant life which was destined to be so soon, and so fatally, overshadowed.
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noon ‎(third-person singular simple present noons, present participle nooning, simple past and past participle nooned)

  1. To relax or sleep around midday
    • 1906, Andy Adams, The Double Trail
      Well, we crossed and nooned, lying around on purpose to give them a good lead, and when we hit the trail back in these sand-hills, there he was, not a mile ahead, and you can see there was no chance to get around.
    • 1889, Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Chapter XX
      Between six and nine we made ten miles, which was plenty for a horse carrying triple—man, woman, and armor; then we stopped for a long nooning under some trees by a limpid brook.
    • 1853, Theodore Winthrop, The Canoe and the Saddle
      We presently turned just aside from the trail into an episode of beautiful prairie, one of a succession along the plateau at the crest of the range. At this height of about five thousand feet, the snows remain until June. In this fair, oval, forest-circled prairie of my nooning, the grass was long and succulent, as if it grew in the bed of a drained lake.

Etymology 2[edit]


noon ‎(plural noons)

  1. The letter ن in the Arabic script.


Middle English[edit]



  1. no (not any)