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[lohn] /loʊn/
being alone; without company or accompaniment; solitary; unaccompanied:
a lone traveler.
standing by itself or apart; isolated:
a lone house in the valley.
sole; single; only:
That company constitutes our lone competitor in the field.
without companionship; lonesome; lonely.
unmarried or widowed.
Origin of lone
1325-75; Middle English; aphetic var of alone, used attributively
Related forms
loneness, noun
Can be confused
loan, lone.
1. See alone. 2. separate, separated, secluded. Unabridged
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  • Or did they see in this lone figure an easy victory and a toothsome feast?

    Johnny Longbow Roy J. Snell
  • He's makin' his play with a lone hand, and we've got to meet him the same way.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • What other exile could have taught any secrets of monotony or dreariness to the daughter of a lone missionary?

  • Mr. Erskine's songs are all pretty, but his "lone Vale" is divine.

  • After seven days they discovered the lone cave in which, the last of his band, he had hoped for concealment.

British Dictionary definitions for lone


adjective (prenominal)
unaccompanied; solitary
single or isolated: a lone house
a literary word for lonely
unmarried or widowed
Derived Forms
loneness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from the mistaken division of alone into a lone
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Word Origin and History for lone

late 14c., "having no companion, solitary," shortening of alone (q.v.) by weakening of stress or else by misdivision of what is properly all one. The Lone Star in reference to "Texas" is first recorded 1843, from its flag. Lone wolf in the figurative sense is 1909, American English.

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