A woman walks alone in a park.
A person walking down an abandoned alley way is an example of someone who is alone.
- apart from anything or anyone else: the hut stood alone on the prairie
- without involving any other person: to walk alone
- without anything further; with nothing more; only: the carton alone weighs two pounds
- without equal or peer: to stand alone as an example of courage
Origin of aloneMiddle English from al, all + one, one
- to refrain from bothering or interfering withalso leave alone
- not to speak of: we hadn't a dime, let alone a dollar
let well enough alone
- Being apart from others; solitary.
- Being without anyone or anything else; only.
- Considered separately from all others of the same class.
- Being without equal; unique.
- Without others: sang alone while the choir listened.
- Without help: carried the suitcases alone.
- Exclusively; only: The burden of proof rests on the prosecution alone.
Origin of aloneMiddle English al all ; see all . one one ; see one .
(comparative more alone, superlative most alone)
- By oneself, solitary.
- I can't ask for help because I am alone.
- Apart from, or exclusive of, others.
- Jones alone could do it.
- Considered separately.
- Without equal.
- Used after what it modifies.
- By one's self; apart from, or exclusive of, others; solo.
- She walked home alone.
- Without outside help.
- The job was to hard for me to do alone.
- The responsibility is theirs alone.
- Unlike most focusing adverbs, alone typically appears after a noun phrase.
- Only the teacher knew vs. The teacher alone knew
From Middle English al one (“alone”, literally “all one”), contracted from the Old English phrase eall āna (“entirely alone, solitary, single”), equivalent to al- (“all”) + one. Cognate with Scots allane (“alone”). Compare also West Frisian allinne (“alone”), Dutch alleen (“alone”), German allein (“alone”), Danish alene (“alone”). More at all, one.