1

solace

play
verb so·lace \ˈsä-ləs also ˈsō-\

Definition of solace

solaced

;

solacing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give comfort to in grief or misfortune :  console

  3. 2a :  to make cheerfulb :  amuse

  4. 3 :  allay, soothe solace grief

solacement

play \ˈsä-ləs-mənt also ˈsō-\ noun

solacer

noun

solace was our Word of the Day on 09/13/2011. Hear the podcast!

Examples of solace in a Sentence

  1. Solaced by an abundance of whisky, champagne and cigars, he always bounced back, restoring and recreating himself through intensely active immersion in one or another of his varied interests … —Robert Kuttner, New York Times Book Review, 23 Oct. 1988

  2. In this deplorable state, I contrived to do, what I take to have been, three Objective things. I got Mr. Franklin his sherry; I retired to my own room; and I solaced myself with the most composing pipe of tobacco I ever remember to have smoked in my life. —Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone, 1868

  3. … and it was settled that Mr. Jones should be sent for early in the morning if Miss Bennet were not decidedly better. Bingley was quite uncomfortable; his sisters declared that they were miserable. They solaced their wretchedness, however, by duets after supper … —Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, 1813

  4. counselors did their best to solace the bereaved children

  5. I solaced myself with a book while I waited for the bus.

Origin and Etymology of solace

see 2solace


2

solace

play
noun so·lace \ˈsä-ləs also ˈsō-\

Definition of solace

  1. 1 :  comfort in grief :  alleviation of grief or anxiety

  2. 2 :  a source of relief or consolation

Examples of solace in a Sentence

  1. Think your city's suffering? Imagine if your favorite team bolted town after 41 seasons, not for some cosmopolitan burg but a dusty outpost where oil derricks qualify as urban skyline. Now imagine turning to your city's other teams for solace only to find each to be avert-your-eyes abysmal. —Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated, 10 Nov. 2008

  2. It's important to explain what's going on, but some parents tell their child too much—about being lonely and frightened, about dates they're going on. Instead of the parent offering emotional solace to the child, the child is expected to provide it for the adult. —People, 4 Mar. 2002

  3. Poe's poem is a morbidly sentimental threnody on the same theme: the speaker blames the envious angels for taking his beloved from this world, and finds solace in lying beside her grave. —David Lodge, The Art of Fiction, 1992

  4. Her presence was a great solace for me.

  5. the kind words brought a little solace to the grieving widow

Recent Examples of solace from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'solace.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Take solace In This Word Origin

Solace was borrowed into English in the 14th century (via Anglo-French) from Latin solacium, which in turn derives from the Latin verb solari, meaning "to console." As you may have guessed, "solari" is also the source of the English words "console" and "consolation" (formed by combination with the prefix com-). In addition to the noun function, "solace" can be used as a verb ("he was solaced by the company of his children"). Also related are the nouns "solacer" ("one who solaces") and "solacement" ("an act of solacing or the condition of being solaced" or "something that solaces").

Origin and Etymology of solace

Middle English solas, from Anglo-French, from Latin solacium, from solari to console


SOLACE Defined for English Language Learners

solace

play
noun

Definition of solace for English Language Learners

  • : someone or something that gives a feeling of comfort to a person who is sad, depressed, etc. : a source of comfort


SOLACE Defined for Kids

solace

play
noun so·lace \ˈsä-ləs, ˈsō-\

Definition of solace for Students

  1. 1 :  comfort in times of sorrow or worry I'll seek solace in friends.

  2. 2 :  something that gives comfort Books were his only solace.



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up solace? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

conspicuously offensive

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time-traveler-quiz-which-word-came-first
  • Which came first?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!