Definition of lone in US English:

lone

adjective

  • 1Having 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 just a lone, solitary creature of the night, and I had a mission.’
    • ‘No one was killed or even seriously hurt, except for that lone, charred palm tree in front of the hotels.’
    • ‘Other people use them as companion animals for a lone horse.’
    • ‘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 chemical equations for some reactions may have a lone reactant or a single product.’
    • ‘Frustrated and annoyed, she sat alone upon a lone tree trunk, the soft grass glistening from the dew.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Under the watchful gaze of roaming goats and camels we opened presents early in the morning under the one lone tree further inland.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Inside of the box was a single, lone file that was stamped with a ‘Highly Confidential’ seal.’
    • ‘Looking around I spotted only one lone figure at the head of the ship.’
    • ‘Danny Allen, last year's event winner, was the lone semifinalist.’
    • ‘Typically, an attack begins when a single hornet captures a lone bee nearby the hive.’
    • ‘The astonished lone drinker blinked when three foaming pints of Stella appeared on the bar before him.’
    • ‘The residents shared a clothesline, an outhouse, and a single spigot - the lone source of water.’
    • ‘He hadn't shed any more tears after that lone tear, but he watched me carefully.’
    • ‘A lone wolf howled miserably, followed closely by a volley of agitated barks.’
    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’
      • ‘On the contrary, I'll be the first to complain when it stops listening to those lone voices.’
      • ‘I'm certainly glad a lone voice of reason has discussed this disaster in the South.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Worryingly, El Reg is still a lone voice in supporting these guys and has received few words of support for the duo.’
      • ‘I ended up being a lone voice on the committee but there's nothing we can do now because it's been decided.’
      • ‘The doctor was not a lone voice of his time, however.’
      • ‘I am not a lone voice as there are taxi drivers in Tralee who are also against this increase.’
      • ‘Surely Justice Carney isn't a lone voice on this issue.’
      • ‘It is not as if Britain is a lone voice, or a marginal force.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Though it was difficult being the lone voice in the political wilderness, she remained firmly convinced that she was doing the right thing.’
      • ‘Do you think I want to be the one lone voice against the Hollywood liberal establishment?’
      • ‘Only the lone voice of a woman saying ‘leave that boy alone’ saved his life.’
      • ‘Morales may not be as lone and isolated a voice as he appears.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2literary (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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Still, there remained enough trolls to make a person wary when traveling on a lone country road at night.’
      • ‘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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Origin

Late Middle English: shortening of alone.

Pronunciation

lone

/loʊn//lōn/