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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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 The ring is relatively simple—gold band, solitaire diamond, bezel setting—but the diamond is shaped like, well, a diamond. Emily Farra, Vogue, "These Unusual, Rare-Cut Diamond Engagement Rings Just Landed at Dover Street Market," 20 Sep. 2018 At Harry Winston a salesman immediately directs me to a small case of round solitaires of roughly 1.5 carats. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How To Pick Out an Engagment Ring," 10 Dec. 2013 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

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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


sol·​i·​taire | \ ˈsä-lə-ˌter \

Kids Definition of solitaire

: a card game played by one person alone

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