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. The time of day when the sun is in its zenith; twelve o'clock in the day, midday.
    On Sundays, I love to have a lie-in until noon.
    The race is due to start at noon sharp.
    • 1933, Twentieth Amendment to the United States Constitution:
      The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.
  2. (now rare) The corresponding time in the middle of the night; midnight.
    • 1789, Erasmus Darwin, The Loves of the Plants, J. Johnson, p. 116:
      So the sad mother at the noon of night / From bloody Memphis stole her silent flight [] .
    • 1885, Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Night 17:
      When night was at its noon I heard a voice chanting the Koran in sweetest accents [] .
  3. (obsolete) The ninth hour of the day counted from sunrise; around three o'clock in the afternoon.
  4. (figurative) The highest point; culmination.
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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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 1992, Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses, →ISBN, page 157:
      They nooned at a spring and squatted about the cold and blackened sticks of some former fire and ate cold beans and tortillas out of a newspaper.

Etymology 2Edit


noon (plural noons)

  1. The letter ن in the Arabic script.





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Middle EnglishEdit


From Old English nān, from ne + ān.



  1. no (not any)
    • 14th Century, Chaucer, General Prologue
      Ther was noon auditour koude on him wynne.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)


  • English: none
  • Scots: nane



  • Hyphenation: no‧on
  • IPA(key): /noˈon/, [noˈon]



  1. when
    noong mag-aaral na sila
    when they were about to study
  2. indicates past time
    noong Lunes
    last Monday