lone
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ləʊn/
  • (America) IPA: /loʊn/
Adjective

lone (not comparable)

  1. Solitary; having no companion.
    a lone traveler or watcher
    • When I have on those pathless wilds appeared, / And the lone wanderer with my presence cheered.
    • 1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart; Avery Hopwood, chapter I, in The Bat: A Novel from the Play (Dell Book; 241), New York, N.Y.: Dell Publishing Company, OCLC 20230794 ↗, [https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.hwptej;view=1up;seq=5 page 01]:
      The Bat—they called him the Bat. […]. He'd never been in stir, the bulls had never mugged him, he didn't run with a mob, he played a lone hand, and fenced his stuff so that even the fence couldn't swear he knew his face.
  2. Isolated or lonely; lacking companionship.
  3. Sole; being the only one of a type.
  4. Situated by itself or by oneself, with no neighbours.
    a lone house;  a lone isle
    • By a lone well a lonelier column rears.
  5. (archaic) Unfrequented by human beings; solitary.
    • c. 1715, Alexander Pope, Epistle To Mrs Teresa Blount
      Thus vanish sceptres, coronets, and balls, / And leave you on lone woods, or empty walls.
  6. (archaic) Single; unmarried, or in widowhood.
    • Collection of Records (1642)
      Queen Elizabeth being a lone woman.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i]:
      A hundred mark is a long one for a poor lone woman to bear.
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