Definition of solitary adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsɒlətri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɑːləteri//
    Loneliness, Describing work
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  1. 1[usually before noun] done alone; without other people She enjoys long solitary walks. He led a solitary life. See related entries: Describing work
  2. 2(of a person or an animal) enjoying being alone; frequently spending time alone He was a solitary child. Tigers are solitary animals.
  3. 3(of a person, thing or place) alone, with no other people or things around synonym single a solitary farm A solitary light burned dimly in the hall. See related entries: Loneliness
  4. 4[usually before noun] (especially in negative sentences and questions) only one synonym single There was not a solitary shred of evidence (= none at all).
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Latin solitarius, from solus ‘alone’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: solitary