- in a state of agreement; of one opinion.
- united in thought or feeling; attuned: He felt at one with his Creator.
Origin of one
In constructions of the type one of those who (or that or which ), the antecedent of who is considered to be the plural noun or pronoun, correctly followed by a plural verb: He is one of those people who work for the government. Yet the feeling that one is the antecedent is so strong that a singular verb is commonly found in all types of writing: one of those people who works for the government. When one is preceded by only in such a construction, the singular verb is always used: the only one of her sons who visits her in the hospital.
The substitution of one for I, a typically British use, is usually regarded as an affectation in the United States. See also he1, they.
Origin of -one
Examples from the Web for one
Contemporary Examples of one
Added to drinking water at concentrations of around one part per million, fluoride ions stick to dental plaque.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
In his view, a writer has only one duty: to be present in his books.
Yet this, in the end, is a book from which one emerges sad, gloomy, disenchanted, at least if we agree to take it seriously.
The fear of violence should not determine what one does or does not say.Trolls and Martyrdom: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie
January 9, 2015
The al Qaeda-linked gunmen shot back, but only managed to injure one officer before they were taken out.France Kills Charlie Hebdo Murderers
January 9, 2015
Historical Examples of one
For one thing Fred sha'n't get into that kind of muss if I can save him from it.
No one of our kindred must enter the family of Pericles as a slave.
Rather gain one prize from the Choragus than ten from the Gymnasiarch.
One might have been a model for the seraphs of Christian faith, the other an Olympian deity.
She's one of the build that aren't so big as they look, nor yet so small as they look.
- single; lone; not two or moreone car
- (as pronoun)one is enough for now; one at a time
- (in combination)one-eyed; one-legged
- distinct from all others; only; uniqueone girl in a million
- (as pronoun)one of a kind
- a specified (person, item, etc) as distinct from another or others of its kindraise one hand and then the other
- (as pronoun)which one is correct?
- all the same
- of no consequenceit's all one to me
Word Origin for one
suffix forming nouns
Word Origin for -one
c.1200, from Old English an (adjective, pronoun, noun) "one," from Proto-Germanic *ainaz (cf. Old Norse einn, Danish een, Old Frisian an, Dutch een, German ein, Gothic ains), from PIE *oi-no- "one, unique" (cf. Greek oinos "ace (on dice);" Latin unus "one;" Old Persian aivam; Old Church Slavonic -inu, ino-; Lithuanian vienas; Old Irish oin; Breton un "one").
Originally pronounced as it still is in only, and in dialectal good 'un, young 'un, etc.; the now-standard pronunciation "wun" began c.14c. in southwest and west England (Tyndale, a Gloucester man, spells it won in his Bible translation), and it began to be general 18c. Use as indefinite pronoun influenced by unrelated French on and Latin homo.
One and only "sweetheart" is from 1906. One of those things "unpredictable occurrence" is from 1934. Slang one-arm bandit "a type of slot machine" is recorded by 1938. One-night stand is 1880 in performance sense; 1963 in sexual sense. One of the boys "ordinary amiable fellow" is from 1893. One-track mind is from 1927. Drinking expression one for the road is from 1950 (as a song title).
In addition to the idioms beginning with one
- one and all
- one and only
- one and the same
- one another
- one by one
- one eye on
- one fell swoop, in
- one foot in the grave, have
- one for the books
- one for the road
- one good turn deserves another
- one in a million
- one jump ahead
- one man's meat is another man's poison
- one of a kind
- one of these days
- one of those days
- one on one
- one on, that's
- one picture is worth a thousand words
- one up
- one way or another
- all in one piece
- all the same (one)
- A-1 (A-one)
- as one
- at one
- at one stroke
- at one time
- at one time or another
- back to the drawing board (square one)
- each and every (last one)
- each other (one another)
- fast one
- for one, 1
- go one better
- hang (one) on
- harp on (one string)
- hole in one
- in one ear and out the other
- in the same (in one) breath
- irons in the fire, more than one
- it takes one to know one
- just one of those things
- look out for (number one)
- more than one way to skin a cat
- not one iota
- number one
- on the one hand
- (one) picture is worth a thousand words
- put all one's eggs in one basket
- quick one
- seen one, seen them all
- six of one, half dozen of the other
- that's one on me
- tie one on
- wear another (more than one) hat
- with one arm tied behind one's back
- with one voice
- words of one syllable
(Note that this listing does not include those idioms where one is a personal pronoun meaning “someone” or “oneself.”)