Definition of solitude
1 : the quality or state of being alone or remote from society : seclusion
2 : a lonely place (such as a desert)
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 of solitude from the Web
As with Shakespeare’s great cross-dressing comedies, a disguised women helps a man discover his heart, overcoming his self-regarding solitude to inhabit a more expansive definition of self.
This solitude and fear of the outside world led to an addiction to pain medication.
Charles believes in community interaction with opportunities for a balance of personal privacy and solitude, which a successful cohousing neighborhood provides.
That solitude can be hard for those who are sociable, Aiello says.
Martino also likes the eerie solitude the activity provides.
Elusive and damn near taunting, this protector of solitude allows a lucky passenger to check out and stare off into the middle distance in peace.
North Manitou is known for the solitude of backcountry camping amid 15,000 acres of wilderness.
For those seeking easier fourteeners that offer some solitude, Dziezynski recommends Redcloud, Sunshine, Handies and San Luis peaks.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'solitude.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of solitude
Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin solitudin-, solitudo, from solus
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of solitude
SOLITUDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of solitude for English Language Learners
: a state or situation in which you are alone usually because you want to be
SOLITUDE Defined for Kids
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up solitude? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).