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Definitions for solitary
ˈsɒl ɪˌtɛr isoli·tary

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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"

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

    Etymology: [L. solitarius, fr. solus alone: cf. F. solitaire. See Sole, a., and cf. Solitaire.]

  2. Solitary(adj)

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

    Etymology: [L. solitarius, fr. solus alone: cf. F. solitaire. See Sole, a., and cf. Solitaire.]

  3. Solitary(adj)

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

    Etymology: [L. solitarius, fr. solus alone: cf. F. solitaire. See Sole, a., and cf. Solitaire.]

  4. Solitary(adj)

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

    Etymology: [L. solitarius, fr. solus alone: cf. F. solitaire. See Sole, a., and cf. Solitaire.]

  5. Solitary(adj)

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

    Etymology: [L. solitarius, fr. solus alone: cf. F. solitaire. See Sole, a., and cf. Solitaire.]

  6. Solitary(adj)

    not associated with others of the same kind

    Etymology: [L. solitarius, fr. solus alone: cf. F. solitaire. See Sole, a., and cf. Solitaire.]

  7. Solitary(noun)

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

    Etymology: [L. solitarius, fr. solus alone: cf. F. solitaire. See Sole, a., and cf. Solitaire.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Solitary

    sol′i-tar-i, adj. being the sole person present: alone or lonely: single, separate, simple: living alone, not social or gregarious: without company: remote from society: retired, secluded: gloomy.—n. one who lives alone: a recluse or hermit—(obs.) Solitā′rian.—adv. Sol′itarily.—n. Sol′itariness. [Fr. solitaire—L. solitariussolus, alone.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Solitary

    By yourself

    I am solitary without friends

    Submitted by anonymous on March 17, 2021  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of solitary in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of solitary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of solitary in a Sentence

  1. Terry Kupers:

    Many state department of corrections are looking at the immense damage long-term solitary causes in the prisoners, and the expense of maintaining supermax units, and they are turning away from solitary as a management strategy.

  2. Francis Quarles:

    Socrates called beauty a short-lived tyranny; Plato, a privilege of nature; Theophrastus, a silent cheat; Theocritus, a delightful prejudice; Carneades, a solitary kingdom; Aristotle, that it was better than all the letters of recommendation in the world; Homer, that it was a glorious gift of nature; and Ovid, that it was favor bestowed by the gods.

  3. Theresa Hannigan:

    Ask anybody walking in a ReWalk— it’s been a life-changer for every single solitary one of us.

  4. Robert Meek:

    We are in a small group of states that have come around to the point of view that solitary confinement is harmful to the mentally ill.

  5. Ernest Dimnet:

    Touch the earth, love the earth, honour the earth, her plains, her valleys, her hills, and her seas; rest your spirit in her solitary places.

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