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 solitariness
There had been a solitariness in her aspect which seemed to forbid any such companionship.Room Number 3|Anna Katharine Green
The solitariness which exerted so potent a spell on Wordsworth had in it nothing ‘Byronic.’Oxford Lectures on Poetry|Andrew Cecil Bradley
Above everything, we find here that solitariness and absence of human interest now so rare in England.Birds and Man|W. H. Hudson
The solitariness of each human soul is the first fact in religious consciousness.Mountain Meditations|L. Lind-af-Hageby
Your opportunity, for the solitariness of two, will be limited.In Her Own Right|John Reed Scott
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).