sol·​i·​tude | \ ˈsä-lə-ˌtüd How to pronounce solitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd \

Definition of solitude

1 : the quality or state of being alone or remote from society : seclusion
2 : a lonely place (such as a desert)

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solitude, isolation, seclusion mean the state of one who is alone. solitude may imply a condition of being apart from all human beings or of being cut off by wish or circumstances from one's usual associates. a few quiet hours of solitude isolation stresses detachment from others often involuntarily. the isolation of the village in winter seclusion suggests a shutting away or keeping apart from others often connoting deliberate withdrawal from the world or retirement to a quiet life. lived in pastoral seclusion

Examples of solitude in a Sentence

She wished to work on her novel in solitude. He enjoyed the peace and solitude of the woods.
Recent Examples on the Web But this year’s surge of excellent and widely celebrated workplace television—some of it probably crafted in virtual writers’ rooms—also taps into a yearning for something beyond the comfort and solitude of the home office. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 The artist usually paints on a blank canvas surrounded by silence and solitude. Katie Mogg,, 21 July 2022 One & Only Mandarina: Solace and solitude await at this luxury resort positioned where the Pacific coastline cliffs meet a luscious jungle. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 20 June 2022 But the trend also taps into our disdain for sweatpants and solitude. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, 21 Jan. 2022 Visitors can embrace the solitude of life as a gaucho, a native horseman that personifies the frontier spirit. Janelle Davis, CNN, 9 July 2022 There is romance in the solitude of a snowy walk, and somehow the snow keeps even the birds in a deep sleep. Marissa Hermer, Travel + Leisure, 1 Apr. 2022 Majestic mountains await energetic climbers, clear wilderness lakes are filled with wild trout, and the inner canyons are sanctuaries of silence and solitude. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2021 Book ahead for campsites within the park, or find relative solitude in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests nearby. Outside Online, 4 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of solitude

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for solitude

Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin solitudin-, solitudo, from solus

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“Solitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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sol·​i·​tude | \ ˈsäl-ə-ˌtüd How to pronounce solitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd \

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: the quality or state of being alone or away from others : seclusion

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