[ sol-i-tood, -tyood ]
/ ˈsɒl ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud /


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.

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 forms

sol·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


/ (ˈsɒlɪˌtjuːd) /


the state of being solitary or secluded
poetic a solitary place

Derived Forms

solitudinous, adjective

Word Origin for solitude

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