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Adjective: solitary  'só-lu,te-ree [N. Amer], 'só-lu-t(u-)ree [Brit]
  1. Characterized by or preferring solitude
    "a man of a solitary disposition"; "a solitary walk";
    - lone, lonely
  2. Of plants and animals; not growing or living in groups or colonies
    "solitary bees";
    - nongregarious, nonsocial
  3. Lacking companions or companionship
    "a solitary traveller";
    - alone, lone, lonely
  4. Being the only one; single and isolated from others
    "a solitary instance of cowardice";
    - lone, lonesome, only, sole
  5. Devoid of creatures
    "a solitary retreat";
    - lonely, unfrequented
Noun: solitary  'só-lu,te-ree [N. Amer], 'só-lu-t(u-)ree [Brit]
  1. Confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other prisoners
    "he was held in solitary";
    - solitary confinement
  2. One who lives in solitude
    - hermit, recluse, solitudinarian, troglodyte

Derived forms: solitaries

See also: single, unaccompanied, ungregarious, uninhabited, unsocial

Type of: confinement, lone hand, lone wolf, loner

Encyclopedia: Solitary