Definitions for solitaryˈsɒl ɪˌtɛr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sol•i•tar•yˈsɒl ɪˌtɛr i(adj.; n.)(pl.)-tar•ies.

  1. (adj.)without companions; sole:

    a solitary passerby.

  2. avoiding the society of others:

    a solitary existence.

  3. by itself; singular:

    one solitary house.

  4. marked by the absence of companions:

    a solitary journey.

  5. done in solitude:

    solitary chores.

  6. being the only one:

    a solitary exception.

  7. characterized by solitude; secluded:

    a solitary cabin in the woods.

  8. Zool.living habitually alone or in pairs, as certain wasps.

    Category: Zoology

    Ref: Compare social (def. 7). 10

  9. (n.)a person who lives alone or in solitude.

  10. Ref: solitary confinement.

Origin of solitary:

1300–50; ME < L sōlitārius, der. of sōlit(ās) solitude, der. of sōl(us)sole1+-itās -ity

sol′i•tar`i•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. solitary confinement, solitary(noun)

    confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other prisoners

    "he was held in solitary"

  2. hermit, recluse, solitary, solitudinarian, troglodyte(adj)

    one who lives in solitude

  3. lone(a), lonely(a), solitary(adj)

    characterized by or preferring solitude

    "a lone wolf"; "a lonely existence"; "a man of a solitary disposition"; "a solitary walk"

  4. nongregarious, nonsocial, solitary(adj)

    of plants and animals; not growing or living in groups or colonies

    "solitary bees"

  5. alone(p), lone(a), lonely(a), solitary(adj)

    lacking companions or companionship

    "he was alone when we met him"; "she is alone much of the time"; "the lone skier on the mountain"; "a lonely fisherman stood on a tuft of gravel"; "a lonely soul"; "a solitary traveler"

  6. lone(a), lonesome(a), only(a), sole(a), solitary(a)(adj)

    being the only one; single and isolated from others

    "the lone doctor in the entire county"; "a lonesome pine"; "an only child"; "the sole heir"; "the sole example"; "a solitary instance of cowardice"; "a solitary speck in the sky"

  7. lonely, solitary, unfrequented(adj)

    devoid of creatures

    "a lonely crossroads"; "a solitary retreat"; "a trail leading to an unfrequented lake"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. solitary(adjective)ˈsɒl ɪˌtɛr i

    done or being alone

    her solitary life

  2. solitaryˈsɒl ɪˌtɛr i

    a punishment in which sb is put in a room alone for long periods

    a prisoner in solitary confinement

  3. solitaryˈsɒl ɪˌtɛr i

    preferring to be alone

    The sloth is a solitary animal.

Wiktionary

  1. solitary(Noun)

    One who lives alone, or in solitude; an anchoret, hermit or recluse.

  2. solitary(Adjective)

    Living or being by one's self; alone; having no companion present; being without associates.

  3. solitary(Adjective)

    Lonely.

  4. solitary(Adjective)

    Performed, passed, or endured alone; as, a solitary journey; a solitary life.

  5. solitary(Adjective)

    Not much visited or frequented; remote from society; retired; as, a solitary residence or place.

  6. solitary(Adjective)

    Not inhabited or occupied; without signs of inhabitants or occupation; desolate; deserted; silent; still; hence, gloomy; dismal; as, the solitary desert.

  7. solitary(Adjective)

    Single; individual; sole; as, a solitary instance of vengeance; a solitary example.

  8. solitary(Adjective)

    Not associated with others of the same kind.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Solitary(adj)

    living or being by one's self; having no companion present; being without associates; single; alone; lonely

  2. Solitary(adj)

    performed, passed, or endured alone; as, a solitary journey; a solitary life

  3. Solitary(adj)

    ot much visited or frequented remote from society; retired; lonely; as, a solitary residence or place

  4. Solitary(adj)

    not inhabited or occupied; without signs of inhabitants or occupation; desolate; deserted; silent; still; hence, gloomy; dismal; as, the solitary desert

  5. Solitary(adj)

    single; individual; sole; as, a solitary instance of vengeance; a solitary example

  6. Solitary(adj)

    not associated with others of the same kind

  7. Solitary(noun)

    one who lives alone, or in solitude; an anchoret; a hermit; a recluse


Translations for solitary

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

solitary(adjective)

alone; without companions

a solitary traveller.

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