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Meaning & Definition of Solitary in English

English

Solitary

/sɑlətɛri/

noun

1. Confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other prisoners

  • "He was held in solitary"
    synonym:
  • solitary confinement
  • ,
  • solitary

2. One who lives in solitude

    synonym:
  • hermit
  • ,
  • recluse
  • ,
  • solitary
  • ,
  • solitudinarian
  • ,
  • troglodyte

adjective

1. Characterized by or preferring solitude

  • "A lone wolf"
  • "A lonely existence"
  • "A man of a solitary disposition"
  • "A solitary walk"
    synonym:
  • lone(a)
  • ,
  • lonely(a)
  • ,
  • solitary

2. Of plants and animals

  • Not growing or living in groups or colonies
  • "Solitary bees"
    synonym:
  • nongregarious
  • ,
  • nonsocial
  • ,
  • solitary

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • alone(p)
  • ,
  • lone(a)
  • ,
  • lonely(a)
  • ,
  • solitary

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • lone(a)
  • ,
  • lonesome(a)
  • ,
  • only(a)
  • ,
  • sole(a)
  • ,
  • solitary(a)

5. Devoid of creatures

  • "A lonely crossroads"
  • "A solitary retreat"
  • "A trail leading to an unfrequented lake"
    synonym:
  • lonely
  • ,
  • solitary
  • ,
  • unfrequented

Examples of using

Happiness is always with you. You don't have to go somewhere far away for it. It is here - in a quiet solitary room.
She likes to go for solitary walks.