I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, solitarie, from Anglo-French, from Latin solitarius, from solitas aloneness, from solus alone Date: 14th century 1. a. being, living, or going alone or without companions b. saddened by isolation 2. unfrequented, desolate <
a solitary seashore
3. a. taken, passed, or performed without companions <
a solitary ramble
b. keeping a prisoner apart from others <
solitary confinement
4. being at once single and isolated <
a solitary example
5. a. occurring singly and not as part of a group or cluster <
flowers terminal and solitary
b. not gregarious, colonial, social, or compound <
solitary bees
Synonyms: see alonesolitarily adverbsolitariness noun II. noun (plural -taries) Date: 15th century 1. one who lives or seeks to live a solitary life ; recluse 2. solitary confinement in prison <
put him in solitary

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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