Definition of lone in English:



  • 1attributive Having no companions; solitary or single.

    ‘I approached a lone drinker across the bar’
    ‘we sheltered under a lone tree’
    • ‘The chemical equations for some reactions may have a lone reactant or a single product.’
    • ‘The residents shared a clothesline, an outhouse, and a single spigot - the lone source of water.’
    • ‘Inside of the box was a single, lone file that was stamped with a ‘Highly Confidential’ seal.’
    • ‘No one was killed or even seriously hurt, except for that lone, charred palm tree in front of the hotels.’
    • ‘He hadn't shed any more tears after that lone tear, but he watched me carefully.’
    • ‘I was a single lone idiot with no job and I was still living with my parents in Heatham.’
    • ‘Typically, an attack begins when a single hornet captures a lone bee nearby the hive.’
    • ‘Under the watchful gaze of roaming goats and camels we opened presents early in the morning under the one lone tree further inland.’
    • ‘Danny Allen, last year's event winner, was the lone semifinalist.’
    • ‘Other people use them as companion animals for a lone horse.’
    • ‘What else could be as lonely as that lone tear long dried but never fully shed on her cheek?’
    • ‘Looking around I spotted only one lone figure at the head of the ship.’
    • ‘Frustrated and annoyed, she sat alone upon a lone tree trunk, the soft grass glistening from the dew.’
    • ‘A lone wolf howled miserably, followed closely by a volley of agitated barks.’
    • ‘To confirm his worst fears, a yell comes out of the bathroom window upstairs, startling the few crows perched on the lone tree in their garden.’
    • ‘The red lechwe is expected to provide company to the lone male at the zoo who has been single since it first came here two years ago.’
    • ‘We trotted on in silence for most of the day, stopping under the shade of a lone tree to take a quick rest from the hot noon day sun, before pressing on again.’
    • ‘Some days later, the sound of a horn was heard from the lone palm tree during a one-minute interval when no vehicle was on the road.’
    • ‘The astonished lone drinker blinked when three foaming pints of Stella appeared on the bar before him.’
    • ‘I was just a lone, solitary creature of the night, and I had a mission.’
    solitary, single, solo, unaccompanied, unescorted, alone, all alone, by itself, by oneself, sole, without companions, companionless
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    1. 1.1 Lacking the support of others; isolated.
      ‘I am by no means a lone voice’
      • ‘The doctor was not a lone voice of his time, however.’
      • ‘I wasn't exactly introduced as the oddball who believes house prices can continue to defy gravity, but I was a lone voice.’
      • ‘One lone voice may not make a difference, but a flood of them might be impossible to ignore.’
      • ‘He has long been a lone voice advocating for human rights and has been prepared to stand up and be counted when the establishment prefers a quiet and diplomatic approach.’
      • ‘It's not given to everyone to have their lone voice heard across a nation.’
      • ‘Shareholder advocates who felt like lone voices a decade ago are actually beginning to hope.’
      • ‘Only the lone voice of a woman saying ‘leave that boy alone’ saved his life.’
      • ‘It is not as if Britain is a lone voice, or a marginal force.’
      • ‘I ended up being a lone voice on the committee but there's nothing we can do now because it's been decided.’
      • ‘Surely Justice Carney isn't a lone voice on this issue.’
      • ‘Mrs Roberts said she feels as if she is a lone voice and was surprised other families who have lost loved ones in action have not spoken out as well.’
      • ‘Do you think I want to be the one lone voice against the Hollywood liberal establishment?’
      • ‘I may be a lone voice here, but it strikes me that the more people who come to live in the area, the more we will witness commuting to London.’
      • ‘Worryingly, El Reg is still a lone voice in supporting these guys and has received few words of support for the duo.’
      • ‘I'm certainly glad a lone voice of reason has discussed this disaster in the South.’
      • ‘On the contrary, I'll be the first to complain when it stops listening to those lone voices.’
      • ‘Morales may not be as lone and isolated a voice as he appears.’
      • ‘Though it was difficult being the lone voice in the political wilderness, she remained firmly convinced that she was doing the right thing.’
      • ‘This one person is the lone voice for the young people of this land.’
      • ‘I am not a lone voice as there are taxi drivers in Tralee who are also against this increase.’
    2. 1.2British (of a parent) not having a partner to share the care of one's child or children.
      ‘poverty among lone mothers’
      • ‘A lone parent with one child working 35 hours at the minimum wage is now £79 a week better off in work than on benefit.’
      • ‘Families will be eligible for the childcare tax credit where a lone parent, or both partners in a couple, work for at least 16 hours a week.’
      • ‘Since Labour came to power the proportion of children being brought up by lone parents has increased by a quarter.’
      • ‘The plan also includes a commitment to providing access to child care for lone parents entering employment.’
      • ‘Being a lone parent of two children in a strange country can be a stressful occasion.’
      • ‘The cost has more than tripled since 1994 when 40,700 received what was then called the lone parent's allowance.’
      • ‘What we do know is that our national birth rate isn't increasing by anything like the factor by which the number on the lone parent's allowance has grown since 1974.’
      • ‘At the time of his arrest on the drugs offence, he had left home after arguing with his mother, a lone parent.’
      • ‘One newspaper claimed she had been drawing the lone parent's allowance since 1992 and that it totalled €190.30.’
      • ‘Previous studies have shown that lone parents who marry stand to lose between seven and 28% of their income.’
      • ‘Nearly half of all lone parents are still unemployed.’
      • ‘Emma, 36, is a lone parent with two children, Katie and Mark.’
      • ‘There has been a disturbing rise in the number of young, female and lone parent claimants, and a third of new claimants cite mental health conditions.’
      • ‘Those lone parents who had used the service had found it very useful, she said, and recent research suggested it would actually produce savings in the long run.’
      • ‘These figures do not include fathers whose payments don't affect the mother's maximum lone parent's entitlement.’
      • ‘Kirby believes that the government's underlying concern is with getting dependent lone parents back to work and letting the state raise their children.’
      • ‘It will be linked to a child care centre to enable lone parents to attend.’
      • ‘The children of lone parents were the next most likely to smoke, while those who lived with both parents were least likely to smoke.’
      • ‘‘The break-up of her marriage and the stress of being a lone parent has taken its toll on this lady,’ said Mr Dewhurst.’
      • ‘That was reflected in the greater share of economically dependent, poor, low paid and lone parents that were women.’
      single, unmarried, unattached, without a husband, without a partner, without a wife, partnerless, husbandless, wifeless
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  • 2literary attributive (of a place) unfrequented and remote.

    ‘houses in lone rural settings’
    • ‘He laughed and wandered farther down Moonglow Road until he came to a lone house on the deserted street.’
    • ‘It featured a single-parent family living on a lone ranch.’
    • ‘The contrivance which strands the cast at this ominous place is a massive thunderstorm, which floods out both directions of the lone highway.’
    • ‘And yet everyday after school, the girl who shuffled along the lone country roads wasn't happy at all.’
    • ‘Still, there remained enough trolls to make a person wary when traveling on a lone country road at night.’


Late Middle English: shortening of alone.