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lone

[lohn] /loʊn/
adjective
1.
being alone; without company or accompaniment; solitary; unaccompanied:
a lone traveler.
2.
standing by itself or apart; isolated:
a lone house in the valley.
3.
sole; single; only:
That company constitutes our lone competitor in the field.
5.
without companionship; lonesome; lonely.
6.
unmarried or widowed.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; aphetic var of alone, used attributively
Related forms
loneness, noun
Can be confused
loan, lone.
Synonyms
1. See alone. 2. separate, separated, secluded.
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British Dictionary definitions for lonest

lone

/ləʊn/
adjective (prenominal)
1.
unaccompanied; solitary
2.
single or isolated: a lone house
3.
a literary word for lonely
4.
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 lonest

lone

adj.

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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