or stand-a·lone

[ stand-uh-lohn ]

  1. complete unto itself; not being or understood as part of a set, system, or series; self-contained: Our aerospace degree plan is a standalone program, and not a division of the mechanical engineering department.The studio doubted that this story would find an audience as a stand-alone film.

  2. Computers. able to operate without other hardware or software: There are several standalone apps you can use to add live captioning to your videos.

  1. a single work that may be understood and appreciated without knowledge of other episodes, books, issues, etc.: The author has taken a break from the series to put out two standalones just in time for the holidays.

  2. Computers. a device or program that does not need other hardware or software to fully function: A decent VR rig for your PC won’t be any cheaper than a standalone.

Origin of standalone

First recorded in 1965–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use standalone in a sentence

  • There is a reason, however, why Kipling wished that last sentence to stand alone.

    English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
  • The coincidence mentioned in the text between some parts of it and South American mythology does not stand alone.

    The Myths of the New World | Daniel G. Brinton
  • He seemed to me to stand alone without an equal, the greatest man in British political life.

    The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
  • Yet Shakespeare does not stand alone in thus speaking of the Elm in its connection with the Vine.

  • He seemed anxious to confess his sceptical opinions, in holding which he did not stand alone.

    Garman and Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland

British Dictionary definitions for stand-alone


  1. computing (of a device or system) capable of operating independently of any other device or system

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