From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishlonelone /ləʊn $ loʊn/ adjective [only before noun] 1 ALONEused to talk about the only person or thing in a place, or the only person or thing that does something SYN solitary A lone figure was standing at the bus stop. He was by no means a lone voice criticizing the government. a lone gunman the lone survivor of a shipwreck2 lone mother/father/parent etc3 lone wolf
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loneThis was the time when the lone and often despairing voice of dissent was heard from the terraces.Out of the stillness, a lone bird began to sing.Apparently, the murder of the lone black, Penn, was unworthy of note.He suffered from post-traumatic stress because of a lone confrontation with eight youths two years earlier.a lone figure in the snowA lone gunman burst into his house and shot him dead.For start-ups it was the lone inventor in a garage.A lone naked bulb dangled from the ceiling.Councilman Dexter cast the lone "no" vote.Sheila is a lone parent with two children, aged 13 and 15.Family graves may occasionally receive a visit by a lone person shouldering a glum aura.It never bothered her before to be a lone voice.lone figureSuddenly, as if on cue, a lone figure appears on a horse.But as I ploughed through the trough in the snow, a lone figure came weaving drunkenly towards me.At last a lone figure staggered out, singing raucously as he swaggered in a drunken stupor.
Origin lone (1300-1400) alone