[ sol-is ]
/ ˈsɒl ɪs /

noun Also called sol·ace·ment.

comfort in sorrow, misfortune, or trouble; alleviation of distress or discomfort.
something that gives comfort, consolation, or relief: The minister's visit was the dying man's only solace.

verb (used with object), sol·aced, sol·ac·ing.

to comfort, console, or cheer (a person, oneself, the heart, etc.).
to alleviate or relieve (sorrow, distress, etc.).

Nearby words

  1. sokotra,
  2. sol,
  3. sol-fa,
  4. sol.,
  5. sola,
  6. solan,
  7. solana,
  8. solanaceous,
  9. solander,
  10. solanine

Origin of solace

1250–1300; Middle English solas < Old French < Latin sōlācium, equivalent to sōl(ārī) to comfort + -āc- adj. suffix + -ium -ium

Related formssol·ac·er, nounun·sol·aced, adjectiveun·sol·ac·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for solace


/ (ˈsɒlɪs) /


comfort in misery, disappointment, etc
something that gives comfort or consolation

verb (tr)

to give comfort or cheer to (a person) in time of sorrow, distress, etc
to alleviate (sorrow, misery, etc)
Derived Formssolacer, noun

Word Origin for solace

C13: from Old French solas, from Latin sōlātium comfort, from sōlārī to console

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