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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web An $8,370 platinum solitaire engagement ring was reported missing at about 3 p.m. Nov. 1 from a Stonepointe home. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 10 Nov. 2022 The now iconic ring features a 12-karat oval Ceylon sapphire set in 18-karat white gold and is surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds. Ariana Quihuiz, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2022 The latest additions here are Timeless Classics, covering things like chess and solitaire, and App Store Greats, which lists games that are available in the App Store but usually have a price tag, ads, or in-app purchases. Simon Hill, Wired, 9 Aug. 2022 In November of 2002, Ben proposed with a 6.1-carat pink solitaire diamond from Harry Winston. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 23 Aug. 2022 Founded in 2008, Brainium lists a portfolio of 10 games anchored by variations on solitaire, blackjack, sudoku and other puzzles. oregonlive, 13 Oct. 2022 There's an engagement ring in platinum with a diamond solitaire weighing in at more than 10 carats on her finger and a custom Tiffany HardWear necklace, created specifically for the campaign and soon available for purchase, around her neck. Tara Gonzalez, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 Oct. 2022 Packs of playing cards sat at all the tables for guests, a nod to the game solitaire, a pastime of his. Cristóbal Reyes, Orlando Sentinel, 10 Sep. 2022 There’s nothing stopping a competitor from coming along with a newer, better riff on sudoku or solitaire or word-wheels. Abram Brown, Forbes, 25 July 2022 See More

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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 1 Dec. 2022.

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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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