Solitude is the state of being alone or on your own. It also is a place where you can be on your own.
An example of solitude is when you are by yourself in your home.
- the state of being solitary, or alone; seclusion, isolation, or remoteness
- a lonely or secluded place
Origin of solitudeMiddle English from Middle French from Classical Latin solitudo from solus, alone, sole
- The state or quality of being alone or remote from others: Composers need solitude to work.
- a. The state of being secluded or uninhabited: sought out the solitude of the forest.b. A secluded or uninhabited place: “Beyond his bleak sky-line there stretched vast solitudes” ( Jack London )
Origin of solitudeMiddle English from Old French from Latin sōlitūdō from sōlus alone ; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.
solitude isolation seclusion retirement
These nouns denote the state of being alone. Solitude implies the absence of all others: “The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship” (Francis Bacon). “I love tranquil solitude” (Percy Bysshe Shelley). Isolation emphasizes total separation or detachment from others: “the isolation of Crusoe, depicted by Defoe's genius” (Winston Churchill). Seclusion suggests removal, though not necessarily complete inaccessibility; the term often connotes a withdrawal from social contact: enjoyed my walk in the seclusion of the woods. Retirement suggests a withdrawal or retreat from active life, as for serenity or privacy: “an elegant sufficiency, content,/Retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books” (James Thomson).
(countable and uncountable, plural solitudes)
From Old French solitude