\ 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

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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 McCready, bassist Jeff Ament, guitarist Stone Gossard, and singer Eddie Vedder (and drummer Dave Krusen in his lone Pearl Jam album) spent two months recording the album that sold more than 13 million copies in the United States alone. Dan Gelston, Star Tribune, "Pearl Jam guitarist McCready proud of 30 years of 'Ten'," 9 Apr. 2021 That was the lone hit that Sorg gave up, who pitched six innings. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Floyd Central baseball gives up just two hits to Jeffersonville in a home win," 7 Apr. 2021 But these days, with inconsistency their lone constant, the Warriors are pleased to escape with any win. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Steph Curry drops 41 as Warriors rally to topple Bucks, 122-121," 6 Apr. 2021 The Cardinal boasts a balanced attack led by guard Kiana Williams (14.3 ppg), the lone senior in the starting lineup. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona and Stanford to battle in first all Pac-12 championship women's game," 4 Apr. 2021 The Cardinal boasts a balanced attack led by Williams (14.3 ppg), the lone senior in the starting lineup. Michelle Gardner, USA TODAY, "Arizona and Stanford to battle in first all Pac-12 NCAA women's basketball championship game," 4 Apr. 2021 Spencer Torkelson, the No. 1 overall pick in 2020, flied out to the left-center warning track in his lone at-bat. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers drop spring training finale to Tampa Bay Rays, 5-0, ahead of Opening Day," 30 Mar. 2021 The lone returning starter also happened to be the best offensive lineman on the roster last season, former five-star prospect Kenyon Green. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas A&M spring football: Five things to watch," 28 Mar. 2021 Two-year captain was the lone senior on a squad that featured 7 middle schoolers; started all 18 games for the Lions who finished 7-7-3; tallied 14 goals and 9 assists; had 5 in a 5-4 win over Clewiston last year; also plays lacrosse. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Palm Beach 5A-2A girls soccer first team, second team, honorable mention, coach of the year," 27 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of lone was in the 14th century

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12 Apr 2021

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“Lone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lone. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lone

: standing, acting, or being alone
British : not having a partner (such as a husband or wife)


\ 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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