[sol-i-tood, -tyood]


the state of being or living alone; seclusion: to enjoy one's solitude.
remoteness from habitations, as of a place; absence of human activity: the solitude of the mountains.
a lonely, unfrequented place: a solitude in the mountains.

Nearby words

  1. solitary tract,
  2. solitary vireo,
  3. solitary wasp,
  4. solitary wave,
  5. soliton,
  6. solitudinarian,
  7. sollar,
  8. solleret,
  9. sollicker,
  10. solmization

Origin of solitude

1325–75; Middle English < Middle French < Latin sōlitūdō. See soli-1, -tude

1. retirement, privacy. Solitude, isolation refer to a state of being or living alone. Solitude emphasizes the quality of being or feeling lonely and deserted: to live in solitude. Isolation may mean merely a detachment and separation from others: to be put in isolation with an infectious disease. 2. loneliness. 3. desert, wilderness.

Related formssol·i·tu·di·nous [sol-i-tood-n-uhs, -tyood-] /ˌsɒl ɪˈtud n əs, -ˈtyud-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for solitude



the state of being solitary or secluded
poetic a solitary place
Derived Formssolitudinous, adjective

Word Origin for solitude

C14: from Latin sōlitūdō, from sōlus alone, sole 1

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