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Shortened from alone.



lone (not comparable)

  1. Solitary; having no companion.
    a lone traveler or watcher
    • (Can we date this quote by William Shenstone and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      When I have on those pathless wilds appeared, / And the lone wanderer with my presence cheered.
    • 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.
    • 2020 January 22, “School director arrested as a suspect in Lop Buri gold shop robbery”, in Thai PBS World[1], Bangkok: Thai Public Broadcasting Service, retrieved 2020-01-22:
      The director of a school in Thailand's central province of Sing Buri is in police custody under suspicion of being the lone perpetrator of a gold shop robbery at a mall in Lop Buri province on January 9th, during which three people, including a two-year old boy, were murdered and four others [were] wounded.
  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
    • (Can we date this quote by Lord Byron and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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.


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  1. plural of loon




  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of lonen