(noun, adjective)


1. characterized by or preferring solitude

- a man of a solitary disposition

- a solitary walk

Similar word(s): unsocial, lone, lonely

2. of plants and animals; not growing or living in groups or colonies

- solitary bees

Similar word(s): ungregarious, nongregarious, nonsocial

3. lacking companions or companionship

- a solitary traveler

Similar word(s): unaccompanied, alone, lone, lonely

4. being the only one; single and isolated from others

- a solitary instance of cowardice

- a solitary speck in the sky

Similar word(s): single, lone, lonesome, only, sole

5. devoid of creatures

- a solitary retreat

Similar word(s): uninhabited, lonely, unfrequented

Sentences with solitary as an adjective:

- a solitary residence or place

- the solitary desert

- a solitary example


1. confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other prisoners

- he was held in solitary

Definition categories: state, confinement

2. one who lives in solitude

Similar word(s): hermit, recluse, solitudinarian, troglodyte

Definition categories: person, loner