- The definition of solitary is someone or something that is single, lonely or alone.
- An example of solitary is a person living in a large house alone.
- An example of solitary is one bird flying in the sky.
- living or being alone
- without others; single; only: a solitary example
- characterized by loneliness or lack of companions
- lonely; remote; unfrequented: a solitary place
- done in solitude
- Bot. occurring singly, as a flower
- Zool. living alone or in pairs; not colonial, social, etc.
Origin: Middle English from Old French solitaire from Classical Latin solitarius from solus, alone, sole
- a person who lives alone; esp., a hermit
- Informal solitary confinement
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- Existing, living, or going without others; alone: a solitary traveler. See Synonyms at alone.
- Happening, done, or made alone: a solitary evening; solitary pursuits such as reading and sewing.
- Remote from civilization; secluded: a solitary retreat.
- Having no companions; lonesome or lonely.
- Zoology Living alone or in pairs only: solitary wasps; solitary sparrows.
- Single and set apart from others: a solitary instance of cowardice.
- A person who lives alone; a recluse.
- Solitary confinement.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French solitaire, from Latin sōlitārius, from sōlitās, solitude, from sōlus, alone; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.
- solˌi·tarˈi·ly adverb
- solˈi·tarˌi·ness noun