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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: soul, from Latin solus 'alone'

sole

1 adjective
     
sole1 W3 [only before noun]
1 the sole person, thing etc is the only one [= only]:
the sole American in the room
Griffiths is the sole survivor of the crash.
The story was published with the sole purpose of selling newspapers.
2 not shared with anyone else:
Derek has sole responsibility for sales in Dublin.
The company has the sole rights to market Elton John's records.

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