lone ranger


often capitalized L&R
: 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
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Word History


Lone Ranger, hero of an American radio and television western

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lone ranger was in 1924

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“Lone ranger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lone%20ranger. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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