From Middle English onfold, anfald (single, simple, honest, onefold), from Old English ānfeald (single, simple, literally onefold), from Proto-Germanic *ainafalþaz (onefold, simple), equivalent to one +‎ -fold. Cognate with Dutch eenvoud (simple, easy), German Einfalt (simplicity) and einfach (simple), Icelandic einfaldur (simple), Gothic 𐌰𐌹𐌽𐍆𐌰𐌻𐌸𐍃 (ainfalþs, simple). More at one, -fold.


onefold (not comparable)

  1. Constituting or being indicative of a single aspect or theme.
  2. Consisting of a single undivided part; whole; complete.
    • 2005, Boeve, Geybels, Van den Bossche, Encountering transcendence:
      There the soul is onefold, pure and chaste, and empty of all things.
  3. Simple, plain, straightforward.
  4. Singular, as opposite to plural.
    • 1844, Robert Rollock, Select works of Robert Rollock:
      Ye see how ready men are to misconstrue and pervert the onefold meaning of the Lord.


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