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sol·i·tar·y

 (sŏl′ĭ-tĕr′ē)
adj.
1. Existing, living, or going without others; alone: a solitary traveler. See Synonyms at alone.
2. Happening, done, or made alone: a solitary evening; solitary pursuits such as reading and sewing.
3. Remote from civilization; secluded: a solitary retreat.
4. Zoology Living alone or in pairs only: solitary wasps; solitary sparrows.
5. Single and set apart from others: a solitary instance of cowardice.
n. pl. sol·i·tar·ies
1. A person who lives alone; a recluse.
2. Solitary confinement.

[Middle English, from Old French solitaire, from Latin sōlitārius, from sōlitās, solitude, from sōlus, alone; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.]

sol′i·tar′i·ly (-târ′ə-lē) adv.
sol′i·tar′i·ness n.

solitary

(ˈsɒlɪtərɪ; -trɪ)
adj
1. following or enjoying a life of solitude: a solitary disposition.
2. experienced or performed alone: a solitary walk.
3. (of a place) unfrequented
4. (prenominal) single; sole: a solitary speck in the sky.
5. having few companions; lonely
6. (Zoology) (of animals) not living in organized colonies or large groups: solitary bees; a solitary elephant. Compare social7, gregarious2
7. (Botany) (of flowers) growing singly
n, pl -taries
8. a person who lives in seclusion; hermit; recluse
9. (Law) informal short for solitary confinement
[C14: from Latin sōlitārius, from sōlus sole1]
ˈsolitarily adv
ˈsolitariness n

sol•i•tar•y

(ˈsɒl ɪˌtɛr i)

adj., n., pl. -tar•ies. adj.
1. without companions; sole: a solitary passerby.
2. avoiding the society of others: a solitary existence.
3. by itself; singular: one solitary house.
4. marked by the absence of companions: a solitary journey.
5. done in solitude: solitary chores.
6. being the only one: a solitary exception.
7. characterized by solitude; secluded: a solitary cabin in the woods.
8. Zool. living habitually alone or in pairs, as certain wasps. Compare social (def. 7).
n.
9. a person who lives alone or in solitude.
[1300–50; Middle English < Latin sōlitārius, derivative of sōlit(ās) solitude, derivative of sōl(us) sole1 + -itās -ity]
sol`i•tar′i•ly, adv.
sol′i•tar`i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.solitary - confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other prisonerssolitary - confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other prisoners; "he was held in solitary"
confinement - the state of being confined; "he was held in confinement"
2.solitary - one who lives in solitudesolitary - one who lives in solitude    
lone hand, lone wolf, loner - a person who avoids the company or assistance of others
Adj.1.solitary - characterized by or preferring solitude; "a lone wolf"; "a lonely existence"; "a man of a solitary disposition"; "a solitary walk"
unsocial - not seeking or given to association; being or living without companions; "the unsocial disposition to neglect one's neighbors"
2.solitary - of plants and animals; not growing or living in groups or colonies; "solitary bees"
ungregarious - (of animals) not gregarious
3.solitary - lacking companions or companionshipsolitary - 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"
unaccompanied - being without an escort
4.solitary - 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"
single - existing alone or consisting of one entity or part or aspect or individual; "upon the hill stood a single tower"; "had but a single thought which was to escape"; "a single survivor"; "a single serving"; "a single lens"; "a single thickness"
5.solitary - devoid of creatures; "a lonely crossroads"; "a solitary retreat"; "a trail leading to an unfrequented lake"
uninhabited - not having inhabitants; not lived in; "an uninhabited island"; "gaping doors of uninhabited houses"

solitary

adjective
2. lone, alone His evenings were spent in solitary drinking.
3. isolated, remote, out-of-the-way, desolate, hidden, sequestered, unvisited, unfrequented a boy of eighteen in a solitary house in the Ohio countryside
isolated public, busy, frequented, bustling, well-frequented
Quotations
"If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary, be not idle" [Dr. Johnson]

solitary

adjective
1. Set away from all others:
2. Lacking the company of others:
3. Far from centers of human population:
5. Alone in a given category:
Translations
مُنْعَزِلمُنْفَرِدوَحيد، فَرْدي
ojedinělýosamocenýsamotářsamotářský
enligensomisolerettilbagetrukket
egyedüli
einlífis-einneinsamall
įkalinimas vienutėje
vienīgaisviensvientuļš
samotársky
samoten
tektek biryalnızyalnız yaşayan

solitary

[ˈsɒlɪtərɪ]
A. ADJ
1. (= lonely, lone) [person, life, childhood] → solitario
to take a solitary walkdar un paseo solo, pasearse sin compañía
to feel rather solitarysentirse solo, sentirse aislado
2. (= secluded) → retirado
3. (= sole) → solo, único
not a solitary oneni uno (solo)
there has been one solitary caseha habido un caso único
there has not been one solitary caseno ha habido ni un solo caso
B. N
1. (= person) → solitario/a m/f
C. CPD solitary confinement N to be in solitary confinementestar incomunicado, estar en pelota

solitary

[ˈsɒlɪtəri]
adj
(= spending time alone) [person, animal] → solitaire
(= done or spent alone) [walk, life] → solitaire
(= without other people or things around) [figure, walker, tree, house] → solitaire
n (= solitary confinement) → mitard solitary confinement nisolement m cellulaire
to be in solitary confinement → être à l'isolement

solitary

adj
(= alone, secluded) life, personeinsam; placeabgelegen, einsam; a few solitary housesein paar einzelne or vereinzelte Häuser; to take a solitary walkallein einen Spaziergang machen; do you enjoy this solitary life?gefällt Ihnen das Leben so allein?; in solitary splendourin einsamer Pracht; a solitary personein Einzelgänger m, → eine Einzelgängerin; I’m not a solitary drinkerich trinke nicht gern allein; she ate a solitary dinnersie nahm ein einsames Mahl
(= sole) case, example, goaleinzig; with the solitary exception of …mit alleiniger Ausnahme von …; not a solitary onekein Einziger
n (= solitary confinement)Einzelhaft f

solitary

[ˈsɒlɪtrɪ] adj (alone, secluded) → solitario/a; (sole, example, case) → solo/a, unico/a
not a solitary one → neanche uno/a

solitary

(ˈsolitəri) adjective
1. alone; without companions. a solitary traveller.
2. living or being alone, by habit or preference. She was a solitary person.
3. single. not a solitary example.
ˈsolitude (-tjuːd) noun
the state of being alone. He likes solitude; He lives in solitude.
solitary confinement
imprisonment in a cell by oneself. He was sentenced to six months' solitary confinement.
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