\ 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 loneness (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 His last match was March 7 in the Big Ten tournament and was his lone defeat of the season. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Lawrenceburg's Mason Parris sees promising Michigan Wolverine wrestling season end," 19 Mar. 2020 Authorities said Stevenson was the driver and lone occupant of his Ford Crown Victoria that had been traveling eastbound on East Lake Boulevard. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "57-year-old man killed in east Birmingham crash," 19 Mar. 2020 Back on Bardstown Road, a lone shopper turned down a side street holding nothing but a bottle wrapped in a brown paper bag. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "As St. Patrick's Day came and went, coronavirus kept Louisville bars empty and joyless," 18 Mar. 2020 The lone case in Hancock County was previously reported as being in Pearl River County, the department said. USA TODAY, "Social shutdowns, regional solidarity, legislative breaks: News from around our 50 states," 16 Mar. 2020 As the team's lone senior, having your final season cut short due to a global pandemic has to seem like something out of a horror movie. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "From Cloud 9 to gut punch: IUPUI women's NCAA tournament dreams over before they start," 14 Mar. 2020 Now, the family of the lone convicted terrorist responsible has been given the green light by Scottish legal authorities to posthumously appeal that conviction. Fox News, "Family of Libyan terrorist involved in 1988 Pan Am bombing given go-ahead to appeal his conviction," 11 Mar. 2020 When Gayle asked a lone plainclothes officer why he was being stopped, the officer did not appear to answer before uniformed backup rushed in. CBS News, "Viral video of black man's arrest sparks outrage, NYPD probe," 6 Mar. 2020 What the film isn't doing is what some claimed when the production was announced: Tollman hasn't rewritten the Ford scandal to excise the part female journalists played and suggest a lone male reporter brought the mayor to account by himself. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Run This Town': Film Review," 6 Mar. 2020

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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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22 Mar 2020

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“Lone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lone. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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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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