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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈsɑlɪtɛɹi/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈsɒlɪtɹi/
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- One who lives alone, or in solitude; an anchoret, hermit or recluse.
- (uncountable) solitary confinement
- See also Wikisaurus:recluse
one who lives alone
solitary confinement — see solitary confinement
solitary (not comparable)
- Living or being by oneself; alone; having no companion present; being without associates.
2013 June 8, “Obama goes troll-hunting”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 55:
- The solitary, lumbering trolls of Scandinavian mythology would sometimes be turned to stone by exposure to sunlight. Barack Obama is hoping that several measures announced on June 4th will have a similarly paralysing effect on their modern incarnation, the patent troll.
- Performed, passed, or endured alone; as, a solitary journey; a solitary life.
- Not much visited or frequented; remote from society; retired.
a solitary residence or place
- Not inhabited or occupied; without signs of inhabitants or occupation; desolate; deserted; silent; still; hence, gloomy; dismal.
- the solitary desert
- Bible, Lam. i. 1
- How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people.
- Single; individual; sole.
a solitary example
- (botany) Not associated with others of the same kind.
Terms derived from solitary
living alone or being by oneself
performed, passed, or endured alone
not much visited or frequented; remote from society
single; individual; sole