Definition of only
What does the word only mean?
part of speech: adverb, conjunction
Solely, merely, exclusively, & no one or nothing more or besides or else, & that is all, (is right because it is customary o., is right o. because it is customary, is o. right because it is customary; o. you or you o. can guess, no one else can; you can o. guess or guess o., can do no more; I o. thought I would do it, formed the design& did not execute it, or did it without external instigation; I not o. heard it, but saw it; if o., assuming merely that, also as wishing formula, as if o. some one would leave me a legacy!; o. not, all but; has o. just come, came o. yesterday, no longer ago; o. too glad, true, &c., glad &c. & not, as might be expected, the opposite). (Conj.) it must however be added that, but then, (he makes good resolutions, o. he never keeps them); with the exception, were it not, that (he does well, o. that he is nervous at the start; o. that you would be bored, I should-).
part of speech: adjective
That is (or are) the one (or all the) specimen (s) of the class, sole, (the o. way is to die; the o. child of his parents; the o. instances known; was an o. son; one o. object was visible; my one& o. hope; motley\'s the o. wear, best or o. one worth considering). [old English]