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American English: /ˈsɑləˌtɛri/
British English: /ˈsɒlɪt(ə)ri/

Translation of solitary in Spanish:


  • 1 (alone)
    a solitary place
    un lugar solitario or apartado
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 (single) (before noun) 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
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 3 (Botany, Zoology)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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 plural solitaries

  • 1 uncountable (solitary confinement) [colloquial] he's been in solitary for five days
    hace cinco días que está incomunicado
    Example sentences
    • Does he get punished, does he ever get in the solitary?
    • Consequently, a further 200 prisoners who did a solitary stretch may now seek a wad of cash, courtesy of the taxpayer, taking the total to millions of dollars.
    • After leaving solitary, he will ultimately be sent to a different minimum-security facility.
  • 2 countable (recluse) [literary]
    Example sentences
    • This question applies with particular acuteness to the situation of hermits or solitaries.
    • Who would have thought that Christian solitaries from the Egyptian desert of late antiquity would speak with such authority to us today?
    • For the significance of the outlaw to Dylan is less that of the rebel and more the solitary who rejects established religion for the direct inspiration of truth.
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