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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
lone /loʊn/USA pronunciation   adj. [before a noun]
  1. being alone;
    standing by itself or apart;
    isolated;
    sole:a lone traveler.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
lone  (lōn), 
adj. 
  1. being alone;
    without company or accompaniment;
    solitary;
    unaccompanied:a lone traveler.
  2. standing by itself or apart; isolated:a lone housein the valley.
  3. sole;
    single;
    only:That company constitutes our lone competitor in the field.
  4. unfrequented.
  5. without companionship;
    lonesome;
    lonely.
  6. unmarried or widowed.
Etymology:1325–75;
Middle English;
aphetic var of alone, used attributively
loneness, n. 
1 . See alone.  2 . separate, separated, secluded.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

lone /ləʊn/ adj (prenominal)
  1. unaccompanied; solitary
  2. single or isolated: a lone house
  3. a literary word for lonely
  4. unmarried or widowed
Etymology: 14th Century: from the mistaken division of alone into a lone

ˈloneness n



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