Meaning of solitaire

sol•i•taire

Pronunciation: (sol'i-târ"), [key]
— n.
  1. Also calledany of various games played by one person with one or more regular 52-card packs, part or all of which are usually dealt out according to a given pattern, the object being to arrange the cards in a predetermined manner.
  2. a game played by one person alone, as a game played with marbles or pegs on a board having hollows or holes.
  3. a precious stone, esp. a diamond, set by itself, as in a ring.
  4. any of several American thrushes of the genus Myadestes, having short, broad bills and noted for their beautiful songs.
  5. a large extinct flightless bird of the genus Pezophaps, related to the dodo but with a longer neck, smaller bill, and longer legs, that inhabited the Mascarene Islands.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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