noun, plural sol·i·tar·ies.
- solitary bee,
- solitary bone cyst,
- solitary confinement,
- solitary follicle,
- solitary sandpiper
Origin of solitary
Examples from the Web for solitarily
The man was slowly wandering about, solitarily and distressed.English Grammar in Familiar Lectures|Samuel Kirkham
Probably he can work in no other way than from the impulse of his enthusiasm, solitarily.The Short Works of George Meredith|George Meredith
He would walk also solitarily in the fields, sometimes reading and sometimes praying; and thus for some days he spent his time.Bunyan Characters (Second Series)|Alexander Whyte
Men moved about solitarily through the night, each saying bitterly to his own heart, 'Would that it had been one of us.'The Earl of Mayo|William Wilson Hunter
And the gardener is to plant another maple tree beside it, that it may not stand so solitarily there.A Hungarian Nabob|Maurus Jkai
noun plural -taries
Word Origin for solitary
mid-14c., "alone, living alone," from Old French solitaire, from Latin solitarius "alone, lonely, isolated," from solitas "loneliness, solitude," from solus "alone" (see sole (adj.)). Meaning "single, sole, only" is from 1742. Related: Solitarily; solitariness. As a noun from late 14c.; from 1854 as short for solitary confinement (that phrase recorded from 1817).