lone ranger

noun, often capitalized L&R

Definition of lone ranger

: one who acts alone and without consultation or the approval of others broadly : loner

Examples of lone ranger in a Sentence

something of a lone ranger among anthropologists, she does her research without either a lending hand or an eye toward trendy topics
Recent Examples on the Web The desperate situation usually has an alternative, if only the lone ranger would tolerate his own vulnerability and fallibility. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, 19 Apr. 2021 Kaneland pitcher Emilee Erickson, wearing a protective face mask in Friday’s Class 3A state semifinal, was no lone ranger. Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News, 9 June 2018 Hanes doesn't believe J. Edgar Hoover or the Federal Bureau of Investigation was involved, nor a group of lone rangers. Ivana Hrynkiw, AL.com, 4 Apr. 2018 But, Adrienne, the press is already convinced that Donald Trump has a lone ranger style. Fox News, 11 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of lone ranger

1924, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lone ranger

Lone Ranger, hero of an American radio and television western

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“Lone ranger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lone%20ranger. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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