Simple Definition of solitary
: without anyone or anything else : not involving or including anyone or anything else
: done by a person who is alone
: separate from other people or things
Full Definition of solitary
1a : being, living, or going alone or without companionsb : saddened by isolation
3a : taken, passed, or performed without companions <a solitary ramble>b : keeping a prisoner apart from others <solitary confinement>
4 : being at once single and isolated <a solitary example>
5a : occurring singly and not as part of a group or cluster <flowers terminal and solitary>b : not gregarious, colonial, social, or compound <solitary bees>
Examples of solitary
He took a solitary walk on the beach.
A solitary house stood on top of the cliff.
Most cats are solitary creatures.
He's a very solitary man.
Origin of solitary
Middle English, solitarie, from Anglo-French, from Latin solitarius, from solitas aloneness, from solus alone
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of solitary
Rhymes with solitary
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Definition of solitary
1 : one who lives or seeks to live a solitary life : recluse
2 : solitary confinement in prison <put him in solitary>
Examples of solitary
The prisoner was kept in solitary.
<weary of European civilization, the painter Paul Gauguin famously abandoned France to become a solitary in the South Seas>
First Known Use of solitary
Medical Definition of solitary
: occurring singly and not as part of a group <a solitary lesion>
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