[ saw-loo s; English soh-luh s ]
/ ˈsɔ lʊs; English ˈsoʊ ləs /

adjective Latin.

(referring to a man) alone; by oneself (used formerly in stage directions).
Compare sola. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for solus


/ (ˈsəʊləs) /


alone; separate
of or denoting the position of an advertising poster or press advertisement that is separated from competing advertisementsa solus position
of or denoting a retail outlet, such as a petrol station, that sells the products of one company exclusivelya solus site
feminine sola alone; by oneself (formerly used in stage directions)

Word Origin for solus

C17: from Latin sōlus alone
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Word Origin and History for solus



Latin, "alone" (see sole (adj.)), used in stage directions by 1590s. Masculine; the fem. is sola, but in stage directions solus typically serves for both. Also in phrases solus cum sola "alone with an unchaperoned woman" and solus cum solo "all on one's own," both literally meaning "alone with alone."

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