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Meaning of solitary

sol•i•tar•y

Pronunciation: (sol'i-ter"ē), [key]
— adj., n., pl. -tar•ies.
—adj.
  1. alone; without companions; unattended: a solitary passer-by.
  2. living alone; avoiding the society of others: a solitary existence.
  3. by itself; alone: one solitary house.
  4. characterized by the absence of companions: a solitary journey.
  5. done without assistance or accompaniment; done in solitude: solitary chores.
  6. being the only one: a solitary exception.
  7. characterized by solitude, as a place; unfrequented, secluded, or lonely: a solitary cabin in the woods.
  8. living habitually alone or in pairs, as certain wasps. Cf.(def. 10).
—n.
  1. a person who lives alone or in solitude, or avoids the society of others.
  2. a person who lives in solitude from religious motives.
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Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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