\ ˈnün \

Definition of noon

1 : midday specifically : 12 o'clock at midday
2 archaic : midnight used chiefly in the phrase noon of night
3 : the highest point

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Examples of noon in a Sentence

The party will take place from noon to 4 p.m. He showed up at precisely 12 noon.

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Collection plate proceeds will be given to the Oakland LGBTQ Center. 10:30 a.m.-noon, 1924 Cedar St., Berkeley., "Bay Area political events: Pride weekend, ICE jail protest," 22 June 2018 The $69 class includes four hours of weeknight classroom instruction and activities (6-8 p.m. June 12 and 14) and a four-hour Saturday morning fishing trip (8 a.m.-noon June 16). Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "His new fishing buddy is here, now how is he going to find time to get on the water?," 14 May 2018 Wood Dale Trout Fishing for Kids, 8 a.m.-noon March 31 at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County's Wood Dale Grove Forest Preserve, on Wood Dale Road north of Lake Street, south of Third Avenue and west of Route 83. Annie Alleman, Aurora Beacon-News, "Get out for family fun during spring break week," 14 Mar. 2018 But since Beijing is 12 time zones ahead of Washington, that meant China planned to put its tariffs into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday in Beijing, which is noon Thursday in Washington, according to people familiar with the matter. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "In Tariff Fight With Trump, China Scraps Plan to Strike First," 4 July 2018 The two will take their vows at 12 p.m. noon on Saturday, May 19 after proceeding through the Windsor grounds by carriage, where a crowd of thousands — some specially invited for the occasion — will get to watch their royal entrance. Time, "Everything to Know About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Historic Wedding Location," 12 Mar. 2018 Hagios and Luiggi said a viewing at Butterworth Funeral Home, 520 W. Raye St., will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, with a service immediately following. Ryan Blethen, The Seattle Times, "Seattle middle-school student injured in crash near Cle Elum dies," 24 Oct. 2018 Also, be sure to tune in to my show weekdays from 9:00 to noon eastern on Sirius XM Patriot 125, and check out my regular column in The Hill newspaper. Fox News, "Former top intelligence officials come to Brennan's defense," 18 Aug. 2018 Kid's Only Fishing Tournament, 9 a.m.-noon, Miami Meadows Park, 1546 Ohio 131, Milford. Luann Gibbs,, "Fun and free things to do this weekend," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of noon

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for noon

Middle English, from Old English nōn ninth hour from sunrise, from Latin nona, from feminine of nonus ninth; akin to Latin novem nine — more at nine

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English Language Learners Definition of noon

: the middle of the day : 12 o'clock in the daytime


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Kids Definition of noon

: the middle of the day : twelve o'clock in the daytime

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