adj. 1 sole, single, solitary, lone, one and only, exclusive He is the only one who can identify the murderer
adv. 2 solely, just, exclusively, alone He has a face that only a mother could love They have been here only twice. She gets her own way only because she has a tantrum if anyone crosses her. Harry was correct in one respect only. 3 merely, simply, barely, at best, at worst, at most, just, purely, not or no more than, not or no greater than She is only seventeen I received your note only today. Don't get excited, it's only a small present.
conj. 4 but, however, on the other hand, on the contrary, contrariwise The flowers are lovely, only they have no scent