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solitary

[ sol-i-ter-ee ]
/ ˈsɒl ɪˌtɛr i /
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adjective
noun, plural sol·i·tar·ies.

OTHER WORDS FOR solitary

1 lone.
7 isolated, retired, sequestered, remote.
9, 10 hermit, recluse.
10 eremite.
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Origin of solitary

1300–50; Middle English <Latin sōlitārius alone, by itself, solitary, equivalent to sōlit(ās) solitude (sōl(us) sole1 + -itās-ity) + -ārius-ary

OTHER WORDS FROM solitary

sol·i·tar·i·ly, adverbsol·i·tar·i·ness, nounun·sol·i·tar·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for solitary

solitary
/ (ˈsɒlɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective
noun plural -taries
a person who lives in seclusion; hermit; recluse
informal short for solitary confinement

Derived forms of solitary

solitarily, adverbsolitariness, noun

Word Origin for solitary

C14: from Latin sōlitārius, from sōlus sole 1
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