Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • pro. No one; not one; nobody: None dared to do it.
  • pro. Not any: None of my classmates survived the war.
  • pro. No part; not any: none of your business.
  • adv. Not at all: He is none too ill.
  • adv. In no way: The jeans looked none the better for having been washed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • pro. Not any (one) of a given number or group of things. With singular or plural concord.
  • pro. Not any person: no one, nobody (with singular concord); no people (with plural concord).
  • Not any; no.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. No one; not one; not anything; -- frequently used also partitively, or as a plural, not any.
  • adj. No; not any; -- used adjectively before a vowel, in old style.
  • n. Same as nones, 2.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not one; not any; not an; not a; no.
  • Not one; no one; often as a plural, no persons or no things.
  • Not any; not a part; not the least portion.
  • Nothing.
  • In no respect or degree; to no extent; not a whit; not; no: as, none the better.
  • n. A Middle English form of noon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not any
  • n. a canonical hour that is the ninth hour of the day counting from sunrise
  • adv. not at all or in no way
  • n. a service in the Roman Catholic Church formerly read or chanted at 3 PM (the ninth hour counting from sunrise) but now somewhat earlier

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English nān : ne, no, not; + ān, one.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Do we really need more then eleven thousand point of view on the stupid act of an upset man — none, *none* who witnessed it, nor talked to the involved parties?

    Why Nick Carr is wrong on Google as a middleman for news » Nieman Journalism Lab

  • For if the options are irreducible causation or none, one should ask whether ˜none™ might be the better choice.

    The Metaphysics of Causation

  • III. i.7 (62,9) [I do lose a thing, That none but fools would keep] [W: would reck] The meaning seems plainly this, that _none but fools would_ wish _to keep life_; or, _none but fools would keep_ it, if choice were allowed.

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • "But in none of these, in _none_, was there -- realization -- of themselves, say the Three; naught but hunger driving, always driving them to still its crying.

    The Moon Pool

  • I figured I could cash in on you round eyes by calling myself by a name none of you would ever forget—Charlie Chan.

    Sins of Two Fathers

  • Now I realize that probably isn't the proper medical terminology, but I am working on the patent for the term none the less. lol ...

    rainandfire Diary Entry

  • onyx - a sternum of slippery glass some may enter her throat, unload and expect a morning of without a face or a name none will enter her heart

    smokestacked.

  • I love how "none" is the default answer here, even to the question about relatives.

    Why Sam can't pay his mortgage (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • In order to explore this, it is worth introducing the term none / 0) "I do think women are genetically wired to pursue commitment more than men -- we haven't lost that part of our monkey brains yet.

    The Young Turks

  • And none is providing any metrics by which to judge success.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Ever-Bolder GOP

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