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
Recent Examples of solitaire from the Web
Sheila caught the brass ring — or more precisely, the white-gold one with the solitaire setting — and triumphantly left our ranks.
The card game turned into aces square, a variation of solitaire.
Inside the 60 West nursing home in Rocky Hill, two residents played solitaire to the sound of soul music.
No Talent Required is a drawing game that has solitaire and multi-player modes.
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Origin and Etymology of solitaire
French, from solitaire, adjective, solitary, from Latin solitarius
First Known Use: circa 1727See Words from the same year
SOLITAIRE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of solitaire for English Language Learners
: a card game that is played by one person
: a single jewel that is set alone in a piece of jewelry
SOLITAIRE Defined for Kids
Definition of solitaire for Students
: a card game played by one person alone
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