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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Recent Examples on the Web Theaters, alas, can’t overcome the six-foot rule, that social distance diktat pulled from a hat by some boob public-health lifer whose idea of culture is online solitaire. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Timely Reminder in Dallas: Great Art Is Thrilling to Look At," 29 Aug. 2020 American naturalist John Kirk Townsend, as is another bird, the Townsend’s solitaire. Hannah Thomasy, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Bird Named for a Confederate General Sparks Calls for Change," 21 July 2020 Most royal watchers know the story of Princess Diana's engagement ring, a bright blue 12-carat sapphire surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds that now belongs to the Duchess of Cambridge. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Sentimental Story Behind Camilla's Engagement Ring from Prince Charles," 23 May 2020 Nuvola, conceived as Pomellato’s alternative to a white solitaire, is introducing the brown gems as the main attraction: a central stone surrounded by smaller brilliant-cut stones. Jessica Bumpus, New York Times, "In Diamonds, Brown Is ‘Much More Mysterious’," 10 Feb. 2020 Play dice games in a group, cribbage with you and a friend or solitaire by yourself. Outdoor Life, "Entertaining games to play while spending time outdoors," 27 Apr. 2020 At the virtual dance party, for example, one of our number sat quietly, painting, while another secretly played solitaire. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Welcome to the Zoom Party," 31 Mar. 2020 Two years later, Rassam proposed with a pink diamond solitaire while on a family ski holiday. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Princess Grace’s Granddaughter Charlotte Casiraghi Wears Saint Laurent to Marry in Monaco," 1 June 2019 Marsha Hatfield of Mesa sat playing solitaire on a blanket underneath a small tree in one of the few shaded areas. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "'Demanding freedom': Community groups protest at Trump campaign rally," 19 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of solitaire was circa 1727

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1 Sep 2020

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“Solitaire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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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


sol·​i·​taire | \ ˈsä-lə-ˌter How to pronounce solitaire (audio) \

Kids Definition of solitaire

: a card game played by one person alone

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