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

  • n. Twelve o'clock in the daytime; midday.
  • n. The time or point in the sun's path at which the sun is on the local meridian. Also called noontide, noontime.
  • n. The highest point; the zenith.
  • n. Archaic Midnight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The ninth hour of the day counted from sunrise; around three o'clock in the afternoon.
  • n. Time of day when the sun is in its zenith; twelve o'clock in the day, midday.
  • n. The corresponding time in the middle of the night; midnight.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. No. See the Note under No.
  • adj. Belonging to midday; occurring at midday; meridional.
  • n. The middle of the day; midday; the time when the sun is in the meridian; twelve o'clock in the daytime.
  • n. Hence, the highest point; culmination.
  • intransitive v. To take rest and refreshment at noon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The ninth hour of the day according to Roman and ecclesiastical reckoning, namely the ninth hour from sunrise, or the middle hour between midday and sunset—that is, about 3 p. m.; later, the ecclesiastical hour of nones, at any time from midday till the ninth hour.
  • n. Midday; the time when the sun is in the meridian; twelve o'clock in the daytime.
  • n. The middle or culminating point of any course; the time of greatest brilliancy or power; the prime.
  • n. plural The noonday meal. Compare nones, 2.
  • Meridional.
  • To rest at noon or during the warm part of the day.
  • A Middle English form of none.

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

  • n. the middle of the day

Etymologies

Middle English non, from Old English nōn, canonical hour of nones (3 P.M. in early Middle Ages), from Late Latin nōna (hōra), ninth (hour after sunrise), nones, feminine sing. of Latin nōnus, ninth; see newn̥ in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)

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