- 1 used to say that no other or others of the same group exist or are there She's their only daughter. We were the only people there. His only answer was a grunt.
- 2used to say that someone or something is the best and you would not choose any other She's the only person for the job. Idioms
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NAmE//ˈoʊnli//[only before noun]
officially recognized but not existing in reality He's party leader in name only.
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used to emphasize that someone is famous Here he is, the one and only Van Morrison!
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used before mentioning a worry or problem you have with something I'd love to come—the only thing is I might be late.
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