• (British) IPA: /nəʊnz/

nones (plural nones)

  1. (historical, often capitalized) The notional first-quarter day of a Roman month, occurring on the 7th day of the four original 31-day months (March, May, Quintilis or July, and October) and on the 5th day of all other months.
    • 10th century, Byrhtferð of Ramsey, Enchiridion (Ashmolean MS 328), Book I, Chapter ii, Section 22:
      Þa monðas þe habbað iiii nonas æfter kalendas... habbað to idus xiii dagas and to ii kalendas eahtatyne.
      Those months that have 4 nones after the kalends... have 13 days to the ides and eighteen to the second kalends.
    • 14th century, John Trevisa trans. Bartholomaeus Anglicus's De Proprietatibus Rerum, folio 119:
      Þe caniculer dayes biginnyth in þe fiftenþe kalendis of august and endiþ in þe nonis of septembris, and so þey ben euene fifty as it is seide þere.
      The canicular days begin on the fifteenth kalends of August [i.e., July 18th] and end on the nones [i.e., 5th] of September, and so they are even fifty as it is said there.
    • 1679, J. Moxon, Mathematics made Easie, p. 26:
      The Roman Month its several days divides
      By reckoning backwards, Calends, Nones, and Ides.
    • 2011, Robert A. Kaster trans. Macrobius, Saturnalia, Book I, Chapter xiii, Section 18:
      As for the Nones, it was thought that the multitudes should avoid mass meetings then because after the kings were expelled, the Roman people particularly celebrated what they took to be Servius Tullius's birthday: because crowds notoriously thronged all the Nones—it being well-known that Servius was born on the Nones, though the exact month was uncertain—those in charge of the calendar were afraid that if the whole population gathered on a market day it might start to revolt out of yearning for the king, and so they took the precaution of keeping the Nones and market days distinct.
    • 2011, Robert A. Kaster trans. Macrobius, Saturnalia, Book I, Chapter xiv, Section 8:
      [March, May, Quintilis, and October] also have their Nones on the seventh, as Numa ordained, because Julius changed nothing about them. As for January, Sextilis, and December, they still have their Nones on the fifth, though they began to have thirty-one days after Caesar added two days to each, and it is nineteen days from their Ides to the following Kalends, because in adding the two days Caesar did not want to insert them before either the Nones or the Ides, lest an unprecedented postponement mar religious observance associated with the Nones or Ides themselves, which have a fixed date.
    The third day before the nones of March is March 5th; the third nones of August is August 3rd; and the third of the nones of November is November 3rd.
    Coordinate terms: calends#English|calends, ides#English|ides
  2. (historical, sometimes capitalized) The ninth hour after dawn (about 3 pm).
    • 1709, John Johnson, The Clergy-Man's Vade Mecum, Pt. II, p. 101:
      ...the same Liturgy of prayers be used both at Nones and Vespers.
      [With the note:] Nones was what we call three o'clock in the afternoon.
    • 1805, Robert Southey, Madoc, Vol. I, xiii, 134:
      From noon till nones
      The brethren sate.
    Synonyms: none, noon
    Hypernyms: canonical hours, tide, stound
  3. (Christian) The divine office appointed to the hour.
    The Greek monks always listen to their reader recite Psalms 83, 84, and 85 from the Septuagint at nones.
    Synonyms: none
    Hypernyms: canonical hours
  4. (obsolete) Alternative form of noon#English|noon: the sixth hour after dawn; midday (12 pm).
  5. (obsolete) Synonym of lunch#English|lunch: a meal eaten around noon.
    • c. 1400, William Langland, The Vision of William Concerning Piers the Plowman (Laud MS 581), v. 378:
      I... ouer-seye me at my sopere and some tyme at nones.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: nones
  • Russian: ноны
  • (RP, America) IPA: /nʌnz/
  1. Alternative form of Nones#English|Nones: atheists or those without religious affiliation.

  1. Those without any religious affiliation: atheists and others outside any organized religion.
    • 2004, Patricia O’Connell Killen, Introduction to Religion and Public Life in the Pacific Northwest: The None Zone, page 17 ↗:
      The second is the “Nones” proper, those who in response to the question “What is your religious tradition, if any?” answer “None.” […] Even among the “Nones” only a small minority identify as atheist or agnostic. In fact, the vast majority of “Nones” claim beliefs and attitudes more like than unlike those of persons inside churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques.
    • 2006, Barry A. Kosmin & al., Religion in a Free Market, pages xvi–xvii ↗:
      The mobility of American society has done little or nothing to erode strong regional religious cultures such as those of the Catholics of the Northeast, the Lutherans of the Upper Midwest, the Baptists of the South and the “Nones” of the Pacific Northwest.
    • 2012, Joseph F. Healey, Statistics: A Tool for Social Research, 9th ed., page 242 ↗:
      Suppose that we administered a scale that measures support for capital punishment at the interval-ratio level to a randomly selected sample that includes Protestants, Catholics, Jews, people with no religious affiliation (“Nones”), and people from other religions (“Others”). […] Are Protestants significantly more supportive than Catholics or Jews? How do people with no religious affiliation compare to other people?
  1. A dialect of Italian spoken in parts of Trentino around the Non Valley.

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