- being alone; without company or accompaniment; solitary; unaccompanied: a lone traveler.
- standing by itself or apart; isolated: a lone house in the valley.
- sole; single; only: That company constitutes our lone competitor in the field.
- without companionship; lonesome; lonely.
- unmarried or widowed.
Origin of lone
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Examples from the Web for loneness
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!The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886
Ministry of Education
- unaccompanied; solitary
- single or isolateda lone house
- a literary word for lonely
- unmarried or widowed
Word Origin and History for loneness
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.