solitaire definition by Webster's New World
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- Archaic a hermit or recluse
- a diamond or other gem set by itself, as in a ring
- any of many card games played by one person
Origin: French solitaire ; from Classical Latin solitarius: see solitary
solitaire definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A gem, such as a diamond, that is set alone.
- Games Any of a number of card games played by one person.
- Any of several thrushes of the genus Myadestes, found in North and Central America and noted for their beautiful song.
- Either of two large flightless birds (Raphus solitarius and Pezophaps solitaria) of the Mascarene Islands which together with the dodo make up the extinct family Raphidae. The solitaires were extinct by the end of the 18th century.
Origin: French, solitary, from Old French; see solitary.