lone

adjective \ ˈlōn \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of lone

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

loneness

play \ˈlōn-nəs\ noun

Examples of lone in a Sentence

  1. the lone ripe apple in the entire bag

  2. just one lone cow in the middle of the field

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Origin and Etymology of lone

Middle English, short for alone

Synonym Discussion of lone

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


LONE Defined for English Language Learners

lone

adjective

Definition of lone for English Language Learners

  • : standing, acting, or being alone

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


LONE Defined for Kids

lone

adjective \ ˈlōn \

Definition of lone for Students

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


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