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solitary - Dictionary definition and meaning for word solitary

(noun) confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other prisoners
Example Sentence
  • he was held in solitary

(noun) one who lives in solitude
(adj) characterized by or preferring solitude
Synonyms : lone , lonely
Example Sentence
  • a lone wolf
  • a lonely existence
  • a man of a solitary disposition
  • a solitary walk

(adj) of plants and animals; not growing or living in groups or colonies
Synonyms : nongregarious , nonsocial
Example Sentence
  • solitary bees

(adj) lacking companions or companionship
Synonyms : alone , lone , lonely
Example Sentence
  • 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

(adj) being the only one; single and isolated from others
Synonyms : lone , lonesome , only , sole
Example Sentence
  • 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

(adj) devoid of creatures
Synonyms : lonely , unfrequented
Example Sentence
  • a lonely crossroads
  • a solitary retreat
  • a trail leading to an unfrequented lake

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for solitary

one who plays SOLITARE alone at home all day liks to stay alone
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