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In the ancient Roman calendar, the ninth day before the ides by inclusive reckoning, i.e. the 7th day of March, May, July, October, the 5th of other months. Recorded from late Middle English, the word comes via Old French from Latin nonas, feminine accusative plural of nonus ‘ninth’.

In the Christian Church, nones is the name for the fifth of the canonical hours of prayer, originally appointed for the ninth hour of the day (about 3 p.m.), and the office appointed for this hour.

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