Solitary - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈsɑːləteri|  American pronunciation of the word solitary
Brit.  |ˈsɒlɪt(ə)ri|  British pronunciation of the word solitary
- confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other prisoners
- one who lives in solitude (syn: hermit, recluse, troglodyte)
- characterized by or preferring solitude (syn: lone, lonely)
- of plants and animals; not growing or living in groups or colonies
- lacking companions or companionship (syn: alone, lone, lonely)
- being the only one; single and isolated from others (syn: lone, lonesome, only, sole)
- devoid of creatures (syn: lonely, unfrequented)


He took a solitary walk on the beach.

A solitary house stood on top of the cliff.

Most cats are solitary creatures.

He's a very solitary man.

The prisoner was kept in solitary.

...weary of European civilization, the painter Paul Gauguin famously abandoned France to become a solitary in the South Seas...

He drove down the hill to the solitary little inn.

The benches were empty except for a single solitary figure.

Pandas are solitary creatures.

He led a rather solitary existence.

He spent two weeks in solitary.

a man of a solitary disposition

a solitary speck in the sky

...around campus he was seen as a solitary skulk who seemed to be a little too interested in news reports of school shootings...

The little solitary convent is niched into a low, damp-looking meadows.

Word forms

singular: solitary
plural: solitaries
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