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’
    • ‘What else could be as lonely as that lone tear long dried but never fully shed on her cheek?’
    • ‘I was a single lone idiot with no job and I was still living with my parents in Heatham.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Danny Allen, last year's event winner, was the lone semifinalist.’
    • ‘He hadn't shed any more tears after that lone tear, but he watched me carefully.’
    • ‘No one was killed or even seriously hurt, except for that lone, charred palm tree in front of the hotels.’
    • ‘Looking around I spotted only one lone figure at the head of the ship.’
    • ‘A lone wolf howled miserably, followed closely by a volley of agitated barks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Typically, an attack begins when a single hornet captures a lone bee nearby the hive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The chemical equations for some reactions may have a lone reactant or a single product.’
    • ‘The astonished lone drinker blinked when three foaming pints of Stella appeared on the bar before him.’
    • ‘Under the watchful gaze of roaming goats and camels we opened presents early in the morning under the one lone tree further inland.’
    • ‘Other people use them as companion animals for a lone horse.’
    • ‘Frustrated and annoyed, she sat alone upon a lone tree trunk, the soft grass glistening from the dew.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Surely Justice Carney isn't a lone voice on this issue.’
      • ‘Only the lone voice of a woman saying ‘leave that boy alone’ saved his life.’
      • ‘This one person is the lone voice for the young people of this land.’
      • ‘I wasn't exactly introduced as the oddball who believes house prices can continue to defy gravity, but I was a lone voice.’
      • ‘Though it was difficult being the lone voice in the political wilderness, she remained firmly convinced that she was doing the right thing.’
      • ‘The doctor was not a lone voice of his time, however.’
      • ‘I'm certainly glad a lone voice of reason has discussed this disaster in the South.’
      • ‘Morales may not be as lone and isolated a voice as he appears.’
      • ‘It is not as if Britain is a lone voice, or a marginal force.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Shareholder advocates who felt like lone voices a decade ago are actually beginning to hope.’
      • ‘Worryingly, El Reg is still a lone voice in supporting these guys and has received few words of support for the duo.’
      • ‘I am not a lone voice as there are taxi drivers in Tralee who are also against this increase.’
      • ‘On the contrary, I'll be the first to complain when it stops listening to those lone voices.’
      • ‘It's not given to everyone to have their lone voice heard across a nation.’
      • ‘I ended up being a lone voice on the committee but there's nothing we can do now because it's been decided.’
    2. 1.2British (of a parent) not having a partner to share the care of one's child or children.
      ‘poverty among lone mothers’
      • ‘These figures do not include fathers whose payments don't affect the mother's maximum lone parent's entitlement.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 cost has more than tripled since 1994 when 40,700 received what was then called the lone parent's allowance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The plan also includes a commitment to providing access to child care for lone parents entering employment.’
      • ‘Emma, 36, is a lone parent with two children, Katie and Mark.’
      • ‘Since Labour came to power the proportion of children being brought up by lone parents has increased by a quarter.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘The break-up of her marriage and the stress of being a lone parent has taken its toll on this lady,’ said Mr Dewhurst.’
      • ‘Nearly half of all lone parents are still unemployed.’
      • ‘At the time of his arrest on the drugs offence, he had left home after arguing with his mother, a lone parent.’
      • ‘It will be linked to a child care centre to enable lone parents to attend.’
      • ‘Kirby believes that the government's underlying concern is with getting dependent lone parents back to work and letting the state raise their children.’
      • ‘Being a lone parent of two children in a strange country can be a stressful occasion.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘The contrivance which strands the cast at this ominous place is a massive thunderstorm, which floods out both directions of the lone highway.’
    • ‘It featured a single-parent family living on a lone ranch.’
    • ‘Still, there remained enough trolls to make a person wary when traveling on a lone country road at night.’
    • ‘He laughed and wandered farther down Moonglow Road until he came to a lone house on the deserted street.’
    • ‘And yet everyday after school, the girl who shuffled along the lone country roads wasn't happy at all.’
    deserted, uninhabited, unfrequented, lonely, unpopulated, desolate, barren, isolated, remote, marooned, out of the way, secluded, sequestered, off the beaten track, in the back of beyond, in the middle of nowhere, godforsaken
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Late Middle English: shortening of alone.