sol·​i·​taire | \ˈsä-lə-ˌter \

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

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In the topper's outstretched arm dangled the engagement ring — a 1.2-carat solitaire diamond in a swirl setting (Scott's own design, actually). Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Property Brother Drew Scott On The Moment He Knew Linda Phan Was The One," 2 May 2018 Because Tiffany is known for cutting diamonds for brilliance rather than size, each tiny round solitaire, like the larger ones, has 57 facets. Christina Binkley, WSJ, "The Secret Inside Tiffany’s Blue Box: Reed Krakoff," 26 Mar. 2018 Suddenly, the solitaire is looking a lot less staid. Vogue, "Charlotte Chesnais’s Emerald Solitaire, and All the Highlights from the Couture Jewelry Presentations," 26 Jan. 2018 Though the photo is black-and-white, the ring clearly features a truly gigantic center stone, which appears to be darker in color and more organically-cut in shape than a traditional diamond solitaire. Colleen Kratofil,, "See Gwyneth Paltrow's Enormous Engagement Ring from Fiancé Brad Falchuk," 18 Jan. 2018 Sheila caught the brass ring — or more precisely, the white-gold one with the solitaire setting — and triumphantly left our ranks. Sally Friedman,, "Thoughts from a survivor of the not-so-nifty '50s," 7 July 2017 The card game turned into aces square, a variation of solitaire. Nick Groke, The Denver Post, "Antonio Senzatela, the Little Prince, working through nerves in first-rate rookie run for Rockies," 31 May 2017 Inside the 60 West nursing home in Rocky Hill, two residents played solitaire to the sound of soul music. Adam Wisnieski,, "'Model' Nursing Home For Paroled Inmates To Get Federal Funds," 26 Apr. 2017 No Talent Required is a drawing game that has solitaire and multi-player modes. Kevin Makice, WIRED, "5 Kid-Friendly Games from ARGfest," 26 Aug. 2011

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of solitaire

: a card game played by one person alone

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