Definition of solitude in English:


Syllabification: sol·i·tude
Pronunciation: /ˈsäləˌt(y)o͞od


  • 1The state or situation of being alone: she savored her few hours of freedom and solitude
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    • 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.
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    • 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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