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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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Examples from the web for lone
  • The lone statistic the author uses in his argument is two years old and is reworded to prove his point.
  • One lone rope was found trailing in the water, not hooked up to any rigging, with the ends frayed.
  • If this were a lone study, it would need verification by others.
  • As air hits a bird in flight, it flows down the wings and creates vortices, which impose drag on a lone flyer.
  • Although interesting the cost a lone proves this in not a viable solution.
  • The first silent films had been accompanied by a pit orchestra or, for the more frugally minded impresario, a lone piano.
  • On the left, the magnetic field of a lone cylinder-shaped magnet.
  • Somewhere in the distance, a lone wolf howls at the rising moon.
  • There were reports of lone deaths in temporary housing and suicide rates jumped in the quake-battered regions.
  • We sadly eyed the pile of dead bugs and one lone survivor.
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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