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.

Nearby words

  1. londoner,
  2. londonesque,
  3. londonistan,
  4. londres,
  5. londrina,
  6. lone hand,
  7. lone pair,
  8. lone star state,
  9. lone wolf,
  10. loneliness

Origin of lone

1325–75; Middle English; aphetic var of alone, used attributively

Related formslone·ness, noun

Can be confusedloan lone

Synonym study

1. See alone.

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Examples from the Web for loneness

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

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for loneness


adjective (prenominal)

unaccompanied; solitary
single or isolateda lone house
a literary word for lonely
unmarried or widowed
Derived Formsloneness, noun

Word Origin for lone

C14: from the mistaken division of alone into a lone

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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.

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