[ sol-i-tood, -tyood ]
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  1. the state of being or living alone; seclusion: to enjoy one's solitude.

  2. remoteness from habitations, as of a place; absence of human activity: the solitude of the mountains.

  1. a lonely, unfrequented place: a solitude in the mountains.

Origin of solitude

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin sōlitūdō.See soli-1, -tude

synonym study For solitude

1. 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.

Other words for solitude

Other words from solitude

  • 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. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for solitude


/ (ˈsɒlɪˌtjuːd) /

  1. the state of being solitary or secluded

  2. poetic a solitary place

Origin of solitude

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

Derived forms of solitude

  • solitudinous, adjective

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