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SOLITARY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does solitary mean? 

SOLITARY (noun)
  The noun SOLITARY has 2 senses:

1. confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other prisoners
2. one who lives in solitude

  Familiarity information: SOLITARY used as a noun is rare.


SOLITARY (adjective)
  The adjective SOLITARY has 5 senses:

1. characterized by or preferring solitude
2. of plants and animals; not growing or living in groups or colonies
3. lacking companions or companionship
4. being the only one; single and isolated from others
5. remote or secluded

  Familiarity information: SOLITARY used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SOLITARY (noun)


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Meaning:

Confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other prisoners

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

solitary confinement; solitary

Context example:

he was held in solitary

Hypernyms ("solitary" is a kind of...):

confinement (the state of being confined)


Sense 2solitary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

One who lives in solitude

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

recluse; solitudinarian; troglodyte; hermit; solitary

Hypernyms ("solitary" is a kind of...):

lone hand; lone wolf; loner (a person who avoids the company or assistance of others)

Instance hyponyms:

John the Baptist; St. John the Baptist ((New Testament) a preacher and hermit and forerunner of Jesus (whom he baptized); was beheaded by Herod at the request of Salome)


SOLITARY (adjective)


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Meaning:

Characterized by or preferring solitude

Synonyms:

solitary; lone; lonely

Context examples:

a lone wolf / a lonely existence / a man of a solitary disposition / a solitary walk

Similar:

unsocial (not seeking or given to association; being or living without companions)


Sense 2solitary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of plants and animals; not growing or living in groups or colonies

Synonyms:

nongregarious; nonsocial; solitary

Context example:

solitary bees

Similar:

ungregarious ((of animals) not gregarious)


Sense 3solitary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking companions or companionship

Synonyms:

lonely; lone; alone; solitary

Context examples:

he was alone when we met him / she is alone much of the time / the lone skier on the mountain / a lonely fisherman stood on a tuft of gravel / a lonely soul / a solitary traveler

Similar:

unaccompanied (without accompaniment or companions)


Sense 4solitary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being the only one; single and isolated from others

Synonyms:

only; lonesome; sole; lone; solitary

Context examples:

the lone doctor in the entire county / a lonesome pine / an only child / the sole heir / the sole example / a solitary instance of cowardice / a solitary speck in the sky

Similar:

single (existing alone or consisting of one entity or part or aspect or individual)


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Meaning:

Remote or secluded

Synonyms:

unfrequented; lonely; solitary

Context examples:

a lonely crossroads / a solitary retreat / a trail leading to an unfrequented lake

Similar:

inaccessible; unaccessible (capable of being reached only with great difficulty or not at all)


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