sol·​i·​taire | \ ˈsä-lə-ˌter How to pronounce solitaire (audio) \

Definition of solitaire

1 : a single gem (such as a diamond) set alone
2 : any of various card games that can be played by one person

Examples of solitaire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Malayev enhanced the floating solitaire design with pavé detailing on the bridge and diamonds on the prongs. Colleen Kratofil,, 12 Sep. 2021 Playing catch with a friend involves more than one person, but this does not mean solitaire is not a game. Teddy Mcdarrah, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Often Mitchell listens on a Bose system in her kitchen while playing her own version of solitaire. Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2021 As for staying power, solitaire rings are classic and timeless. Jennifer Prince, Southern Living, 8 June 2021 The camera then pans down to Kate's solitaire game, showing her flip over an eight of diamonds. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 17 May 2021 Today, that idea has grown into a line of ring pendants on chains and tiny solitaire rings mounted on their own ring, all handmade and engraved by Dantcikian himself. Kate Matthams, Forbes, 16 May 2021 Inside, Nana was playing double solitaire with a neighbor friend. Morgan Thomas, The Atlantic, 16 May 2021 These cuts started making a comeback a couple of seasons ago and are now designed into a range of stud earrings that have replaced the round solitaire. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 11 May 2021

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First Known Use of solitaire

circa 1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for solitaire

French, from solitaire, adjective, solitary, from Latin solitarius

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The first known use of solitaire was circa 1727

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“Solitaire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of solitaire

: a card game that is played by one person
: a single jewel that is set alone in a piece of jewelry


sol·​i·​taire | \ ˈsä-lə-ˌter How to pronounce solitaire (audio) \

Kids Definition of solitaire

: a card game played by one person alone

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