solitude

noun sol·i·tude \ ˈsä-lə-ˌtüd , -ˌtyüd \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

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

  1. She wished to work on her novel in solitude.

  2. He enjoyed the peace and solitude of the woods.

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Origin and Etymology of solitude

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

Synonym Discussion of solitude

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

SOLITUDE Defined for English Language Learners

solitude

noun

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

solitude

noun sol·i·tude \ ˈsäl-ə-ˌtüd , -ˌtyüd \

Definition of solitude for Students

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


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