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ˈsɒl ɪˌtɛr isoli·ta·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. solitary confinement, solitarynoun

    confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other prisoners

    "he was held in solitary"

  2. hermit, recluse, solitary, solitudinarian, troglodyteadjective

    one who lives in solitude

  3. lone(a), lonely(a), solitaryadjective

    characterized by or preferring solitude

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

  4. nongregarious, nonsocial, solitaryadjective

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

    "solitary bees"

  5. alone(p), lone(a), lonely(a), solitaryadjective

    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)adjective

    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, unfrequentedadjective

    devoid of creatures

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

Wiktionary

  1. solitarynoun

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

  2. solitaryadjective

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

  3. solitaryadjective

    Lonely.

  4. solitaryadjective

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

  5. solitaryadjective

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

  6. solitaryadjective

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

  7. solitaryadjective

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

  8. solitaryadjective

    Not associated with others of the same kind.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Solitaryadjective

    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. Solitaryadjective

    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. Solitaryadjective

    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. Solitaryadjective

    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. Solitaryadjective

    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. Solitaryadjective

    not associated with others of the same kind

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

  7. Solitarynoun

    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. Al Watkins:

    The path charted by Mr. Chansley since January 6 has been a process, one which has involved pain, depression, solitary confinement, introspection, recognition of mental health vulnerabilities, and a coming to grips with the need for more self-work.

  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. 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.

  4. Thomas Hobbes, "The Leviathan":

    The life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.

  5. Juan Mendez:

    I hope that President Obama's pledge to reform the criminal justice system regarding the practice of prolonged or indefinite solitary confinement is implemented without delay.

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