\ˈlōn \

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 \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for lone


alone, lonely, lonesome, single, solitary, solo, unaccompanied



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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

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And Baxley was the lone vote on the 19-member Senate Appropriations Committee to oppose replacing the statue of Smith. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Statue of Confederate general is no 'piece of art,' has no place in Lake County museum," 1 July 2018 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer cast the lone vote against the proposal. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "SF Police Department likely to get additional officers mayor had sought," 27 June 2018 The lone vote against the decision of renaming the school after the 44th president was Kenya Gibson, who was in favor of delaying the vote in order to name the school after a more local figure. Kim Quindlen, Teen Vogue, "Richmond, VA J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School to Be Renamed After Barack Obama," 19 June 2018 Kenya Gibson represents the school on the board and was the lone dissenting vote. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "School honoring Confederate general to be renamed for Obama," 19 June 2018 Carley Jo Ziegler, the lone senior, said the opening loss didn't dampen the youthful team's spirits. Nate Bryan, The Courier-Journal, "Butler state softball finishes third in KHSAA softball state tournament," 9 June 2018 Trustee Diane Lawrence cast the lone vote against extending the contract. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "As big box stores continue to close, Carpentersville extends recruitment firm’s contract to woo retail," 22 Mar. 2018 Police told reporters during a press conference on Thursday that a lone gunman had entered the newspaper’s building with a shotgun and smoke grenades. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Suspect in Maryland Newsroom Shooting Charged with First-Degree Murder," 29 June 2018 And with the 10th pick in this year’s draft, the Liberty selected Nurse, the lone Kia picked the entire night. Howard Megdal, New York Times, "Say ‘Kia’ Around the Liberty, and Many Heads Turn," 28 June 2018

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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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Phrases Related to lone

plough a lone/lonely furrow

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English Language Learners Definition of lone

: standing, acting, or being alone

: not having a partner (such as a husband or wife)


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Kids Definition of lone

1 : having no companion a lone traveler

2 : situated by itself a lone outpost

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