Definition of lone in English:

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lone

Pronunciation: /ləʊn/

adjective

[attributive]
1Having no companions; solitary or single: I approached a lone drinker across the bar we sheltered under a lone tree
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • Other people use them as companion animals for a lone horse.
Synonyms
1.1Lacking the support of others; isolated: I am by no means a lone voice
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  • Worryingly, El Reg is still a lone voice in supporting these guys and has received few words of support for the duo.
  • Morales may not be as lone and isolated a voice as he appears.
  • Surely Justice Carney isn't a lone voice on this issue.
1.2British (Of a parent) not having a partner to share the care of one’s child or children: poverty among lone mothers
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  • The plan also includes a commitment to providing access to child care for lone parents entering employment.
  • These figures do not include fathers whose payments don't affect the mother's maximum lone parent's entitlement.
  • It will be linked to a child care centre to enable lone parents to attend.
Synonyms
single, unmarried, unattached, without a partner/husband/wife, partnerless, husbandless, wifeless;
separated, divorced, widowed
2 literary (Of a place) unfrequented and remote: houses in lone rural settings
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  • 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.
  • He laughed and wandered farther down Moonglow Road until he came to a lone house on the deserted street.

Origin

Late Middle English: shortening of alone.

Words that rhyme with lone

alone, atone, Beaune, bemoan, blown, bone, Capone, clone, Cohn, Cologne, condone, cone, co-own, crone, drone, enthrone, flown, foreknown, foreshown, groan, grown, half-tone, home-grown, hone, Joan, known, leone, loan, mephedrone, moan, Mon, mown, ochone, outflown, outgrown, own, phone, pone, prone, Rhône, roan, rone, sewn, shown, Simone, Sloane, Soane, sone, sown, stone, strown, throne, thrown, tone, trombone, Tyrone, unbeknown, undersown, windblown, zone

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