One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
At home alone; especially (of a child) left at home unsupervised during parental absence.
Designating a person (especially a child) who is at home by himself or herself; relating to a situation in which a person is at home alone.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The New York Times. From home + alone.
home alone/ˌhəʊm əˈləʊn/
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