Use the word none to mean "nothing," "not any," or "no one." If you ate the last donut and your dad asks how many are left, it's up to you to break the sad news that there are none.

None comes from the Old English nan, "not one," from ne, "not" and an, "one." This word is extremely useful. You can use it to mean "zero," like when you had five apples and ate them all, and now you've got none. Or use it for "no one," like when none of your friends showed up on time for your birthday party. If you had doubts about how to use this word, now you'll have none!

Definitions of none
  1. adverb
    not at all or in no way
    “seemed none too pleased with his dinner”
    “shirt looked none the worse for having been slept in”
    none too prosperous”
    “the passage is none too clear”
  2. adjective
    not any
    “thou shalt have none other gods before me”
    quantifier; used with either mass nouns or plural count nouns for indicating a complete or almost complete lack or zero quantity of
  3. noun
    a canonical hour that is the ninth hour of the day counting from sunrise
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    type of:
    hour, time of day
    clock time
  4. noun
    a service in the Roman Catholic Church formerly read or chanted at 3 PM (the ninth hour counting from sunrise) but now somewhat earlier
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    type of:
    divine service, religious service, service
    the act of public worship following prescribed rules
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