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lone

[lohn]
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adjective
  1. being alone; without company or accompaniment; solitary; unaccompanied: a lone traveler.
  2. standing by itself or apart; isolated: a lone house in the valley.
  3. sole; single; only: That company constitutes our lone competitor in the field.
  4. unfrequented.
  5. without companionship; lonesome; lonely.
  6. unmarried or widowed.

Origin of lone

1325–75; Middle English; aphetic var of alone, used attributively
Related formslone·ness, noun
Can be confusedloan lone

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2. separate, separated, secluded.

Synonym study

1. See alone.
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Examples from the Web for loneness

Historical Examples

  • Then they were alone, and it was a loneness such as an eagle might feel when it held itself poised high in the curve of blue.

    The Lost Prince

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • The one human thing, with the goblins before me—Alone—in a loneness so ghastly—Alone!


British Dictionary definitions for loneness

lone

adjective (prenominal)
  1. unaccompanied; solitary
  2. single or isolateda lone house
  3. a literary word for lonely
  4. unmarried or widowed
Derived Formsloneness, noun

Word Origin

C14: from the mistaken division of alone into a lone
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Word Origin and History for loneness

lone

adj.

late 14c., "having no companion, solitary," shortening of alone (q.v.) by weakening of stress or else by misdivision of what is properly all one. The Lone Star in reference to "Texas" is first recorded 1843, from its flag. Lone wolf in the figurative sense is 1909, American English.

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