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English

Etymology

From Old English an (same word as an), from Proto-Germanic *ainaz, from Proto-Indo-European *óynos (single, one). Cognate with German ein, Dutch een/één, French un and Russian один (odin).

Pronunciation

Cardinal number

one (plural ones)

  1. (cardinal) The first number in the set of natural numbers (especially in number theory); the cardinality of the smallest nonempty set.
    There is only one Earth.
    In Western culture, a baby turns one year old a year after its birth.
    One person, one vote.
  2. The ordinality of an element which has no predecessor, usually called first or number one.
  3. Describing a set or group with one component.

Usage notes

  • For what reason are the English words one and once pronounced so, while other words derived from one, like alone, only and atone, pronounced with a long o? Stressed vowels often became diphthongs over time (Latin bona → Italian buona and Spanish buena). A similar thing happened in the late Middle Ages to the English words one and once, first recorded circa 1400. The vowel sound underwent some changes, such as the pronunciation (from ōn → ōōōn → wōn → wōōn → wŏŏn → wŭn).

Translations

Pronoun

one (reflexive oneself, possessive one’s)

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Any person or thing.
    One shouldn’t be too quick to judge.
    The big one looks good.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Any person or thing.
    I want the green one.
    One’s guilt may trouble one.

Synonyms

  • you, they in nominative personal case.

Derived terms

Translations

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Noun

Singular
one

Plural
ones

one (ones)
  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.

Translations

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Adjective

one (not comparable)

Positive
one

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Of a period of time, being particular; as, one morning, one year.
    One day the prince set forth to kill the dragon that had brought terror to his father’s kingdom for centuries.
  2. A single, unspecified thing; a; any.
    My aunt used to say, "One day is just like the other."
  3. Sole, only.
    He is the one man who can help you.
  4. Whole, entire.
    He is one hell of a guy.

Translations

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Derived terms


Bosnian

Pronoun

one f. (personal pronoun)[[Category:Template:lang:bs pronouns|one]]

  1. they f.

Croatian

Pronoun

one f.

  1. they f.

Declension

Declension of one Singular Plural
Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative ȏn òna òno òni òne òna
Genitive njȅga, ga njȇ, je njȅga, ga njȋh, ih njȋh, ih njȋh, ih
Dative njȅmu, mu njȏj, joj njȅmu, mu njȉma, im njȉma, im njȉma, im
Accusative njȅga, ga, nj njȗ, ju, je, nju njȅga, ga, nj njȋh, ih njȋh, ih njȋh, ih
Vocative - - - - - -
Locative njȅm, njȅmu njȏj njȅm, njȅmu njȉma njȉma njȉma
Instrumental njȋm, njíme njȏm, njóme njȋm, njíme njȉma njȉma njȉma

Hawaiian

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *one.

Noun

one

  1. sand

Maori

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *one.

Noun

one

  1. beach, sand, soil

Synonyms


Polish

Pronunciation

  • /ˈɔnɛ/

Pronoun

one (personal pronoun)

  1. they (third-person plural non-personal nominative pronoun)

Related terms

See also


Rarotongan

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *one.

Noun

one

  1. sand

Serbian

Pronoun

one f. (personal pronoun)

  1. they f.

Cyrillic spelling


Slovene

Pronoun

one f. (personal pronoun)

  1. they f.

Tahitian

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *one.

Noun

one

  1. sand

Tokelauan

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *one.

Noun

one

  1. sand

Tuamotuan

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *one.

Noun

one

  1. sand

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