- 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.]
- 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.
- 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.]
- Closely bound together; undivided; united; constituting a whole."The church is therefore one, though the members may be many." [Bp. Pearson]
- Single in kind; the same; a common." One plague was on you all, and on your lords." [1 Sam. vi. 4.]
- 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