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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective One
  1. Being a single unit, or entire being or thing, and no more; not multifold; single; individual."The dream of Pharaoh is one." [Gen. xli. 25.]"O that we now had here But one ten thousand of those men in England." [Shak.]
  2. Denoting a person or thing conceived or spoken of indefinitely; a certain. “I am the sister of one Claudio” [Shak.], that is, of a certain man named Claudio.
  3. Pointing out a contrast, or denoting a particular thing or person different from some other specified; -- used as a correlative adjective, with or without the."From the one side of heaven unto the other." [Deut. iv. 32.]
  4. Closely bound together; undivided; united; constituting a whole."The church is therefore one, though the members may be many." [Bp. Pearson]
  5. Single in kind; the same; a common." One plague was on you all, and on your lords." [1 Sam. vi. 4.]
  6. Single; unmarried.(Obs)"Men may counsel a woman to be one." [Chaucer.]

Note: One is often used in forming compound words, the meaning of which is obvious; as, one-armed, one-celled, one-eyed, one-handed, one-hearted, one-horned, one-idead, one-leaved, one-masted, one-ribbed, one-story, one-syllable, one-stringed, one-winged, etc.

Etymology: OE. one on an, AS. ān; akin to D. een, OS. ēn, OFries. ēn ān, G. ein, Dan. een, Sw. en, Icel. einn, Goth. ains, W. un, Ir. & Gael. aon, L. unus, earlier oinos oenos, Gr. o'i`nh the ace on dice; cf. Skr. ēka. The same word as the indefinite article a an. √ 299. Cf. 2d A, 1st An Alone Anon Any None Nonce Only Onion Unit

noun One
  1. A single unit; as, one is the base of all numbers.
  2. A symbol representing a unit, as 1, or i.
  3. A single person or thing."The shining ones."Bunyan."Hence, with your little ones." [Shak.]"He will hate the one, and love the other." [Matt. vi. 24.]"That we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory." [Mark x. 37.]
pronoun One
Any person, indefinitely; a person or body; as, what one would have well done, one should do one's self.

Note: One is often used with some any no each every such a many a another the other, etc. It is sometimes joined with another, to denote a reciprocal relation."When any one heareth the word." Matt. xiii. 19. "She knew every one who was any one in the land of Bohemia." Compton Reade. "The Peloponnesians and the Athenians fought against one another." Jowett (Thucyd. ). "The gentry received one another." Thackeray.

verb One
To cause to become one; to gather into a single whole; to unite; to assimilite.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A single person or thing ("he is the best one" and "this is the one I ordered")
  2. The smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number ("he has the one but will need a two and three to go with it" and "they had lunch at one")
  3. Eminent beyond or above comparison ("she's one girl in a million" and "the one and only Muhammad Ali")
  4. Indefinite in time or position ("he will come one day" and "one place or another")
  5. Being a single entity made by combining separate components ("three chemicals combining into one solution")
  6. (informal) very; used informally as an intensifier ("that is one fine dog")
  7. Of the same kind or quality ("two animals of one species")
  8. Used of a single unit or thing; not two or more
  9. Having the indivisible character of a unit ("spoke with one voice")

From Middle English one, oon, on, oan, an, from Old English ān (“one”), from Proto-Germanic *ainaz (“one”), from Proto-Indo-European *óynos (“single, one”). Cognate with Scots ae, ane, wan, yin (“one”); North Frisian ån (“one”); Saterland Frisian aan (“one”); West Frisian ien (“one”); Dutch een, één (“one”); German Low German een; German ein, eins (“one”); Swedish en (“one”); Icelandic einn (“one”); Latin unus (“one”) (Old Latin oinos); Russian оди́н (odín). Use as indefinite personal pronoun influenced by unrelated French on.

  1. (mathematics) The neutral element with respect to multiplication in a ring.
  2. The digit or figure 1.
  3. (US) A one-dollar bill.
  4. (cricket) One run scored by hitting the ball and running between the wickets; a single.
  5. A joke or amusing anecdote.
  6. (colloquial) A particularly special or compatible person or thing.
  7. (Internet slang, leetspeak, sarcastic) Used instead of ! to amplify an exclamation, parodying unskilled typists who forget to press the shift key while typing exclamation points, thus typing "1".
    A: SUM1 Hl3p ME im alwyz L0ziN!!?!
    Someone help me; I'm always losing!
    B: y d0nt u just g0 away l0zer!!1!!!!!!eleven!!1!
    Why don't you just go away loser!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

one was also found in the following language(s): Hawaiian, Japanese, Kustenau, Mangarevan, Maori, Niuean, Polish, Rarotongan, Samoan, Serbo-Croatian, Slovene, Tahitian, Tikopia, Tokelauan, Tuamotuan, and Volapük

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Notable Persons With the Last Name One

Ancient One is a comics character.



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Fun Facts about the name One

  • When was the first name One first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name One is Saturday, July 29th, 1876.
  • How unique is the name One? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name One. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name One: Your name in reverse order is Eno. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eon. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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