• (GA) IPA: /ˈsɑlɪtɛɹi/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈsɒlɪtɹi/


  1. (countable) One who lives alone, or in solitude; an anchoret, hermit or recluse.
  2. (uncountable) Solitary confinement.
    The prisoners who started the riot were moved to solitary.
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solitary (not comparable)

  1. Living or being by oneself; alone; having no companion present
  2. Performed, passed, or endured alone
    a solitary journey
    a solitary life
  3. Not much visited or frequented; remote from society
    a solitary residence or place
  4. Not inhabited or occupied; without signs of inhabitants or occupation; desolate; deserted
    the solitary desert
    • 1769, Bible (King James Version), Lamentations 1.1
      How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people!
  5. gloomy; dismal, because of not being inhabited.
  6. Single; individual; sole.
    a solitary example
  7. (botany) Not associated with others of the same kind.
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  1. (archaic) The Rodrigues solitaire (Pezophaps solitaria), an extinct flightless bird.

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