plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: the ninth day before the ides according to ancient Roman reckoning
often capitalized : none entry 4

Examples of nones in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rise of the nones could portend a more polarized society, because there are still many very devout religious believers out there, including very politically active ones. Chris Mooney, Discover Magazine, 4 Jan. 2011 Between two-thirds and three-quarters of nones supported Democratic candidates in statewide races in Arizona and Wisconsin. Peter Smith,, 3 Dec. 2022 But atheists and agnostics, though only a third of the nones, punch above their weight, given their heavy involvement in politics. Peter Smith,, 3 Dec. 2022 And most nones, while claiming no religion, do not identify as atheists. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Sep. 2022 However, by 2018, the nones represented a plurality (28 percent) of Democrats, whose gains have come at the expense of evangelicals, mainlines, and Catholics within the party. Brynn Tannehill, The New Republic, 6 Oct. 2022 Some 21% of nones become Christian as young adults. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Sep. 2022 As the number of nones rise, the percentage of Americans who identify with Christianity has significantly decreased. Sarah Elbeshbishi, USA TODAY, 29 May 2022 By the mid-1990s, being nonreligious no longer meant being un-American, giving permission for a lot of closet nones to begin expressing their true feelings on surveys. The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English nonys, from Anglo-French nones, from Latin nonae, from feminine plural of nonus ninth

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nones was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Nones.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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