- The definition of solace is a decline in grief, or consolation.
When you go see a friend who is feeling sad and you offer comfort and listen to your friend talk about his problems, this is an example of giving solace.
A woman gives solace to a friend.
- an easing of grief, loneliness, discomfort, etc.
- something that eases or relieves; comfort; consolation; relief
Origin of solaceMiddle English ; from Old French solaz ; from Classical Latin solacium ; from solari, to comfort ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sel-, favorable, in good spirits from source silly
- Comfort in sorrow, misfortune, or distress; consolation.
- A source of comfort or consolation.
transitive verbsol·aced, sol·ac·ing, sol·ac·es
- To comfort, cheer, or console, as in trouble or sorrow. See Synonyms at comfort.
- To allay or assuage: “They solaced their wretchedness, however, by duets after supper” (Jane Austen).
Origin of solaceMiddle English solas, from Old French, from Latin sōlācium, from sōlārī, to console.
(countable and uncountable, plural solaces)
(third-person singular simple present solaces, present participle solacing, simple past and past participle solaced)
From Old French solas, from Latin sÅlÄcium (“consolation")