Definition of solitude in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsäləˌt(y)o͞od/


1The state or situation of being alone: she savored her few hours of freedom and solitude
More example sentences
  • It tells us that God is, in a sense, a community of persons, not a solitary living in solitude, alone and distant.
  • As increasing numbers of people choose to live or work alone, solitude is often celebrated in 2001.
  • As someone whose self reposes on a great slab of solitude, such a situation would drive me nuts.
loneliness, solitariness, isolation, seclusion, sequestration, withdrawal, privacy, peace
1.1A lonely or uninhabited place.
Example sentences
  • It is still a disparate monstrosity, full of solitudes & barrens & wilds.
  • There are still, as on the first days of creation, rivers whose founts never run dry, green and watery solitudes, and limitless fields never yet turned by the ploughshare.
  • In these eight chapters we are shown that Bristol and its hinterland existed as two solitudes - wary of one another and keeping each other at arm's length.
wilderness, rural area, wilds, backwoods;
desert, emptiness, wasteland;
the bush, backcountry
informal the sticks, the boondocks


Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin solitudo, from solus 'alone'.

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Syllabification: sol·i·tude

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