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[saw-loo s; English soh-luh s]
adjective Latin.
  1. (referring to a man) alone; by oneself (used formerly in stage directions).
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Compare sola.
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Examples from the Web for solus

Historical Examples

  • Arthur Ansard in his Chambers, solus, with his pen in his hand.

    Olla Podrida

    Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)

  • I was about sitting down to it solus, awfully lamenting my loneliness.

    Gwen Wynn

    Mayne Reid

  • Paganini's performance, solus, was a recital pure and simple; perhaps the first ever given in a concert room.

    Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work

    Stephen Samuel Stratton

  • Each party grinned five minutes solus, and then all united in a grand chorus of distortion.

  • Nemo enim magis eum fovit; alii omnes cognati asseclae; solus eum amavi.

    De Mortuis Nil Nisi Bona

    Ernest Evan Spicer

British Dictionary definitions for solus


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

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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