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

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And for those who succeed—the dream: a gold presidential Rolex, a herringbone thick as a wrist, a Jesus pendant the size of Jesus, chains made of diamond solitaires, wrists stacked with Gucci link bracelets, a megacarat pinkie ring. Mitchell S. Jackson, Harper's magazine, "Opportunity Cost," 10 Feb. 2019 Kathryn Money, VP of Strategy & Merchandising for Brilliant Earth, told T&C that the ring appears to be a cushion cut diamond in a white gold or platinum split shank solitaire setting. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Hilary Duff's Engagement Ring," 9 May 2019 Rather than sticking with bands for their bridal range, the label has introduced customizable solitaire settings–which can feature a diamond or another precious stone of a couple's choosing. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Spinelli Kilcollin is Launching Bridal For Spring/Summer 2017," 10 Apr. 2017 Skip the big-box jewelry stores and consider brands like Ceremony, which embraces love of all kinds with its elegant, unconventional signet rings, pavé bands, and solitaires—all of which are gender-neutral and semi-customizable. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "21 of the Most Stunning Unconventional Engagement Rings Under $1,000," 17 Jan. 2019 Legend has it that Mendeleev arranged the elements using the style of the card game solitaire, finding matches and arranging them by weight. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "World's Oldest Periodic Table Found in Storage," 18 Jan. 2019 Pocket Run Pool Designer Zach Gage has a knack for reinventing classic games like chess and solitaire, and now he’s done the same for pool. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 8 best games for your new iPhone, iPad, or Android phone," 26 Dec. 2018 Lightbox begins sales tomorrow, offering one-carat and smaller solitaire studs and pendant necklaces. Oliver Griffin, WSJ, "Diamond Mines Are Drying Up. Are Lab-Grown Gems the Answer?," 26 Sep. 2018 At first, the game feels like a delightful exercise in multiplayer solitaire. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, "Review: Azul, board game of the year?," 28 July 2018

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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

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


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Kids Definition of solitaire

: a card game played by one person alone

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