Solitary meaning

sŏlĭ-tĕrē
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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.

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Existing, living, or going without others; alone.

A solitary traveler.

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Lonely; remote; unfrequented.

A solitary place.

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Happening, done, or made alone.

A solitary evening; solitary pursuits such as reading and sewing.

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Single and set apart from others.

A solitary instance of cowardice.

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Living alone or in pairs only.

Solitary wasps; solitary sparrows.

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A person who lives alone; a recluse.
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Solitary confinement.
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Living or being alone.
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Without others; single; only.

A solitary example.

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Characterized by loneliness or lack of companions.
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Done in solitude.
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Occurring singly, as a flower.
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Living alone or in pairs; not colonial, social, etc.
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A person who lives alone; esp., a hermit.
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One who lives alone, or in solitude; an anchoret, hermit or recluse.
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Living or being by one's self; alone; having no companion present; being without associates.
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Performed, passed, or endured alone; as, a solitary journey; a solitary life.
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Not much visited or frequented; remote from society; retired.

A solitary residence or place.

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Not inhabited or occupied; without signs of inhabitants or occupation; desolate; deserted; silent; still; hence, gloomy; dismal.

The solitary desert.

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A solitary example.

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(botany) Not associated with others of the same kind.
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Remote from civilization; secluded.

A solitary retreat.

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Origin of solitary

  • Middle English from Old French solitaire from Latin sōlitārius from sōlitās solitude from sōlus alone s(w)e- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition