Translation of solitary in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /ˈsɑːləteri; ˈsɒlɪtəri/


  • 1.1 (alone) [person/disposition/life/journey] solitario a solitary place un lugar solitario or apartado
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    • Shrek himself (voiced by Mike Myers) is an unpleasant, solitary ogre who lives alone in a swamp.
    • I dined in solitary state, all alone in the castle's gilt-and-blue dining hall.
    • A solitary bad person sitting alone, harbouring genocidal thoughts, and wishing he ruled the world is not a problem unless he lives next to us in the trailer park.
    1.2 (single) (before noun/delante del nombre) solo not a (single) solitary person has written to me no me ha escrito ni una sola persona they haven't a solitary piece of evidence no tienen ni una sola prueba there was one solitary case hubo un único or solo caso
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    • Nancy & Lee also had a solitary UK hit single: the glorious, saucy, surreal ‘Did You Ever?’
    • Every single, solitary person admitted was female.
    • Laid out before you, you have 73 different types of fruit - a succulent, juicy example of every variety you can think of - but not one single, solitary apple.
    1.3 [Botany/Botánica] [Zoology/Zoología] [bee/elephant/bird] solitario
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    • Other faunal elements include colonial and solitary corals, encrusting bryozoans, stromatoporoids, and rare brachiopods.
    • However, little is known about costs of parental investment in insects, particularly in solitary as well as social aculeate Hymenoptera.
    • While a few hydrozoans, such as Hydra, are solitary polyps, most live in colonies made up of anywhere from a few to thousands of individual polyps.
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    • The solitary flowers are borne on long, wiry pedicels.
    • Petioles of huge solitary leaves of mature plants of Amorphophallus resemble tree trunks supporting an umbrella-like crown.
    • Pelliciera has solitary flowers that are accompanied by two large coloured prophylls.

noun/nombre (plural -ries)

  • 1.1 uncountable/no numerable (solitary confinement) [colloquial/familiar] incomunicación (feminine) he's been in solitary for five days hace cinco días que está incomunicado 1.2 countable/numerable (recluse) [literary/literario] solitario, (masculine, feminine)

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.