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’
    • ‘The residents shared a clothesline, an outhouse, and a single spigot - the lone source of water.’
    • ‘Frustrated and annoyed, she sat alone upon a lone tree trunk, the soft grass glistening from the dew.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Typically, an attack begins when a single hornet captures a lone bee nearby the hive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The astonished lone drinker blinked when three foaming pints of Stella appeared on the bar before him.’
    • ‘The chemical equations for some reactions may have a lone reactant or a single product.’
    • ‘Other people use them as companion animals for a lone horse.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A lone wolf howled miserably, followed closely by a volley of agitated barks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No one was killed or even seriously hurt, except for that lone, charred palm tree in front of the hotels.’
    • ‘Under the watchful gaze of roaming goats and camels we opened presents early in the morning under the one lone tree further inland.’
    • ‘Inside of the box was a single, lone file that was stamped with a ‘Highly Confidential’ seal.’
    • ‘What else could be as lonely as that lone tear long dried but never fully shed on her cheek?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘Do you think I want to be the one lone voice against the Hollywood liberal establishment?’
      • ‘It's not given to everyone to have their lone voice heard across a nation.’
      • ‘One lone voice may not make a difference, but a flood of them might be impossible to ignore.’
      • ‘Morales may not be as lone and isolated a voice as he appears.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On the contrary, I'll be the first to complain when it stops listening to those lone voices.’
      • ‘I wasn't exactly introduced as the oddball who believes house prices can continue to defy gravity, but I was a lone voice.’
      • ‘I'm certainly glad a lone voice of reason has discussed this disaster in the South.’
      • ‘Only the lone voice of a woman saying ‘leave that boy alone’ saved his life.’
      • ‘The doctor was not a lone voice of his time, however.’
      • ‘It is not as if Britain is a lone voice, or a marginal force.’
      • ‘Surely Justice Carney isn't a lone voice on this issue.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Shareholder advocates who felt like lone voices a decade ago are actually beginning to hope.’
      • ‘I am not a lone voice as there are taxi drivers in Tralee who are also against this increase.’
      • ‘I ended up being a lone voice on the committee but there's nothing we can do now because it's been decided.’
    2. 1.2literary (of a place) unfrequented and remote.
      ‘houses in lone rural settings’
      • ‘It featured a single-parent family living on a lone ranch.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He laughed and wandered farther down Moonglow Road until he came to a lone house on the deserted street.’
      • ‘The contrivance which strands the cast at this ominous place is a massive thunderstorm, which floods out both directions of the lone highway.’
      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

/lōn//loʊn/