[wuhn-on-wuhn, -awn-]


consisting of or involving direct individual competition, confrontation, or communication; person-to-person: a one-on-one discussion.


in direct encounter: I'd rather settle this with her one-on-one.


a meeting or confrontation between two persons.

Nearby words

  1. one-night stand,
  2. one-nighter,
  3. one-note,
  4. one-of-a-kind,
  5. one-off,
  6. one-one,
  7. one-parent family,
  8. one-piece,
  9. one-point perspective,
  10. one-reeler


    go one-on-one with, Sports. to play directly against (an opposing player).

Origin of one-on-one

An Americanism dating back to 1965–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for one-on-one



denoting a relationship or encounter in which someone is involved with only one other persona one-on-one meeting
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