Definition of


  1. (adj, all) exclusive of anyone or anything else
    cannot live by bread alone
    I'll have this car and this car only
  2. (adj, all) being the only one; single and isolated from others
    a lonesome pine
    an only child
    the sole heir
    the sole example
    a solitary instance of cowardice
    a solitary speck in the sky
  3. (adv, all) and nothing more
    it is simply a matter of time
    just a scratch
    he was only a child
    hopes that last but a moment
  4. (adv, all) without any others being included or involved
    a school devoted entirely to the needs of problem children
    he works for Mr. Smith exclusively
    did it solely for money
    the burden of proof rests on the prosecution alone
    a privilege granted only to him
  5. (adv, all) with nevertheless the final result
    We won only to lose again in the next round
  6. (adv, all) in the final outcome
  7. (adv, all) as recently as
  8. (adv, all) except that
  9. (adv, all) never except when

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Only

  1. O.E. ?nlic, anlic "only, unique, solitary," lit. "one-like," from an "one" (see one) + -lic "-ly." Distinction of only and alone (now usually in ref. to emotional states) is unusual; in many languages the same word serves for both. Ger. also has a distinction in allein/einzig. Phrase only-begotten (1450) is biblical, translating … more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Only

o'neill, oenomel

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