sol·​i·​taire ˈsä-lə-ˌter How to pronounce solitaire (audio)
: a single gem (such as a diamond) set alone
: any of various card games that can be played by one person

Examples of solitaire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This means there’s nothing to compete with the natural brilliance of the diamond solitaire set at the center or the flying tourbillon cage. Allen Farmelo, Robb Report, 9 Apr. 2024 Nobody buys a rugged tablet to play games much less watch movies on, though the Dell is fine for solitaire or streaming video back at the HQ. PCMAG, 27 Mar. 2024 Her ruby solitaire necklace with assymetrical diamond, pave diamond Scales and Ruby Stretch Bracelet and ruby eternity band were all from Shay Jewelry. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Knight worked closely with the jeweler on customizing her Medi Classic four prong solitaire diamond engagement ring. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 1 Feb. 2024 Demi Lovato and Fiancé Jordan 'Jutes' Lutes Share New Year's Kiss on Stage in Las Vegas PEOPLE revealed that Lutes, a songwriter from Ottawa, Canada, had proposed with a bespoke pear-shape diamond solitaire engagement ring created by N.Y.C. luxury jewelry boutique Material Good. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 1 Feb. 2024 Five months after the Bachelor in Paradise alum proposed, Jacobs popped the question himself — with a 5-carat round solitaire from Brilliant Earth. Emily Strohm, Peoplemag, 20 Oct. 2023 Toi et moi rings, for example, have grown in popularity, while other design choices like asymmetrical bands, open-wrap styles, and chunky jewelry have knocked down some of the traditional solitaire style's popularity. Frances Solá-Santiago,, 13 Oct. 2023 The research team working on the return of the dodo is creating reference genomes of the solitaire, an extinct bird related to the dodo, and the Nicobar pigeon, which is the closest living relative to the dodo, Lamm said. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 20 Aug. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of solitaire was circa 1727

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“Solitaire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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sol·​i·​taire ˈsäl-ə-ˌta(ə)r How to pronounce solitaire (audio)
: a single gem (as a diamond) set alone
: a card game played by one person alone

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