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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: alone

lone

adjective
     
lone [only before noun]
1 used to talk about the only person or thing in a place, or the only person or thing that does something [= solitary]:
A lone figure was standing at the bus stop.
He was by no means a lone voice criticizing the government.
the lone survivor of a shipwreck
2

lone mother/father/parent etc

British English someone who looks after their children on their own [= single]:
3

lone wolf

someone who prefers to be alone

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