noun, plural sol·i·tar·ies.
Origin of solitary
Examples from the Web for solitary
They are impressive animals, solitary hunters blessed with incredible power and athleticism.
Once transferred to Karaj Prison, he spent an additional 15 days in solitary confinement.
I was put in a solitary confinement completely cut off from the outside world without even enjoying basic prisoner rights.
I have been told that, if I continue with this protest, I will be placed in solitary confinement.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike|IranWire|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Livvix, 30, is now in solitary confinement in the maximum-security Ayalon prison in Ramla, a city near Tel Aviv.The Strange Case of the Christian Zionist Terrorist|Creede Newton|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How can I go on as I am, a solitary curse to myself, a living disgrace to every one I come near!The Personal History of David Copperfield |Charles Dickens
"Would that I had half the courage for my quest," I mused, and walked slowly back to the solitary lodge.Lords of the North|A. C. Laut
During the rest of the four-and-twenty hours it seemed to be occupied by a solitary angler, catching chiefly seaweed.Mr. Punch at the Seaside|Various
For Mary Matchwell, at the Mills, the tidings which had thrown the town into commotion had but a solitary and a selfish interest.The House by the Church-Yard|J. Sheridan Le Fanu
As far as Sir Norman could see, no other human being but himself and the solitary watchman, so often mentioned, were visible.The Midnight Queen|May Agnes Fleming
British Dictionary definitions for solitary
noun plural -taries
Word Origin for solitary
Word Origin and History 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).