What is solitary?

  • (adj): Separated from or unfrequented by others; remote or secluded.
    Example: "A solitary retreat"
    Synonyms: lonely, unfrequented
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "solitary":

  • (adj): Enjoyed or performed alone.
    Example: "Took a solitary walk"; "enjoyed her solitary dinner"; "solitary pursuits such as reading"
    Synonyms: lonely
  • (adj): Characterized by or preferring solitude in mode of life.
    Example: "A man of a solitary disposition"
    Synonyms: eremitic, eremitical, lone
  • (noun): Confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other prisoners.
    Example: "He was held in solitary"
    Synonyms: solitary confinement
  • (adj): Being the only one; single and isolated from others.
    Example: "A solitary instance of cowardice"; "a solitary speck in the sky"
    Synonyms: lone, lonesome, only, sole
  • (adj): Of plants and animals; not growing or living in groups or colonies.
    Example: "Solitary bees"
    Synonyms: nongregarious, nonsocial
  • (adj): Lacking companions or companionship.
    Example: "A solitary traveler"
    Synonyms: alone, lone, lonely

Famous quotes containing the word solitary:

    I love all waste
    And solitary places; where we taste
    The pleasure of believing what we see
    Is boundless, as we wish our souls to be.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)

    The hunchback in the park
    A solitary mister
    Propped between trees and water.
    Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)

    Those lovers, purified by tragedy,
    Hurry into each other’s arms; these eyes,
    By water, herb and solitary prayer
    Made aquiline, are open to that light.
    Though somewhat broken by the leaves, that light
    Lies in a circle on the grass.
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)