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