See also: Noon, ñoon, and no-on


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  • IPA(key): /nuːn/
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  • Rhymes: -uːn

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English noen, none, non, from Old English nōn (the ninth hour), 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 (countable and uncountable, 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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Motley and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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 2Edit


noon (plural noons)

  1. The letter ن in the Arabic script.





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Middle EnglishEdit



  1. no (not any)