\ ˈlōn How to pronounce lone (audio) \

Definition of lone

1a : having no company : solitary
b : preferring solitude
2 : only, sole
3 : situated by itself : isolated

Other Words from lone

loneness \ ˈlōn-​nəs How to pronounce lone (audio) \ noun

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alone, solitary, lonely, lonesome, lone, forlorn, desolate mean isolated from others. alone stresses the objective fact of being by oneself with slighter notion of emotional involvement than most of the remaining terms. everyone needs to be alone sometimes solitary may indicate isolation as a chosen course glorying in the calm of her solitary life but more often it suggests sadness and a sense of loss. left solitary by the death of his wife lonely adds to solitary a suggestion of longing for companionship. felt lonely and forsaken lonesome heightens the suggestion of sadness and poignancy. an only child often leads a lonesome life lone may replace lonely or lonesome but typically is as objective as alone. a lone robin pecking at the lawn forlorn stresses dejection, woe, and listlessness at separation from one held dear. a forlorn lost child desolate implies inconsolable grief at loss or bereavement. desolate after her brother's death

Examples of lone in a Sentence

the lone ripe apple in the entire bag just one lone cow in the middle of the field
Recent Examples on the Web After Edison's Keith Smith was hit by a pitch from freshman Paul Toovalian in the sixth, the Pioneers scored their lone run on an infield single by Marwynn Matthews. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 14 May 2022 The Lions scored the lone goal of the match in the second minute of stoppage time after Alexandre Pato’s corner was flicked in by Kyle Smith. Austin David, Orlando Sentinel, 14 May 2022 Natalie Burton scored the lone goal for Havre de Grace. Baltimore Sun, 29 Apr. 2022 Skewed old, with Gauthier having the big game and PG’s 20-year-olds getting the points on their lone goal. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, 28 Apr. 2022 Pierre Da Silva scored the lone goal as Miami FC snapped the Rowdies’ four-game winning streak. Hartford Courant, 15 Apr. 2022 That put the Irving MacArthur graduate’s hoops career on hiatus for the better part of 18 months, two feel-good cameos in November 2018 (for a combined 11 minutes) being the lone exception. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Apr. 2022 With Martha as the lone exception, the characters are cardboard cutouts or cartoon villains. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 So, with Musa still out, Lambert has now started four of the last five games at center-back (with the lone exception being a game when Schantz mostly trotted out backups against Valley United). Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lone

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for lone

Middle English, short for alone

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18 May 2022

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“Lone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lone. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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\ ˈlōn How to pronounce lone (audio) \

Kids Definition of lone

1 : having no companion a lone traveler
2 : situated by itself a lone outpost

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