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nones

 (nōnz)
pl.n.
1. In the ancient Roman calendar, the ninth day (inclusively) before the ides of a month, falling on the seventh day of March, May, July, or October and the fifth day of the other months.
2. Ecclesiastical
a. The fifth of the seven canonical hours. No longer in liturgical use.
b. The time of day appointed for this service, usually the ninth hour after sunrise.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin nōnae, feminine pl. of nōnus, ninth; see newn̥ in Indo-European roots.]

nones

(nəʊnz)
n (functioning as singular or plural)
1. (in the Roman calendar) the ninth day before the ides of each month: the seventh day of March, May, July, and October, and the fifth of each other month. See also calends
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) chiefly RC Church the fifth of the seven canonical hours of the divine office, originally fixed at the ninth hour of the day, about 3 pm
[Old English nōn, from Latin nōna hora ninth hour, from nōnus ninth]

nones1

(noʊnz)

n.
the fifth canonical hour, or the service for it, orig. fixed for the ninth hour of the day (or 3 p. m.).
[1375–1425]

nones2

(noʊnz)

n.
(often cap.) (used with a sing. or pl. v.) (in the ancient Roman calendar) the ninth day before the ides.
[1375–1425; late Middle English; Anglicization of Latin nōnae, orig. feminine pl. of nōnus ninth]
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Noun1.nones - the fifth of the seven canonical hours; about 3 p.m.
canonical hour - (Roman Catholic Church) one of seven specified times for prayer
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Item, that between nones and vespers on the feast of James the Less the said brother John was observed upon the Brockenhurst road, near the spot which is known as Hatchett's Pond in converse with a person of the other sex, being a maiden of the name of Mary Sowley, the daughter of the King's verderer.
His thin, thought-worn features and sunken, haggard cheeks bespoke one who had indeed beaten down that inner foe whom every man must face, but had none the less suffered sorely in the contest.
There's all sorts o' genelmen here," Bob went on, turning over the leaves with some excitement, "wi' all sorts o' nones,--an' some bald an' some wi' wigs,--Parlament genelmen, I reckon.