alone; without companions; unattended:
a solitary passer-by.
living alone; avoiding the society of others:
a solitary existence.
by itself; alone:
one solitary house.
characterized by the absence of companions:
a solitary journey.
done without assistance or accompaniment; done in solitude:
being the only one:
a solitary exception.
characterized by solitude, as a place; unfrequented, secluded, or lonely:
a solitary cabin in the woods.
Zoology. living habitually alone or in pairs, as certain wasps.
Compare social (def 11).
noun, plural solitaries.
a person who lives alone or in solitude, or avoids the society of others.
a person who lives in solitude from religious motives.
following or enjoying a life of solitude: a solitary disposition
experienced or performed alone: a solitary walk
(of a place) unfrequented
(prenominal) single; sole: a solitary speck in the sky
having few companions; lonely
(of animals) not living in organized colonies or large groups: solitary bees, a solitary elephant Compare social (sense 7), gregarious (sense 2)
(of flowers) growing singly
noun (pl) -taries
a person who lives in seclusion; hermit; recluse
(informal) short for solitary confinement
noun 1. any of numerous bees, as the leaf-cutting bees, that do not live in a community.
noun 1. the confinement of a prisoner in a cell or other place in which he or she is completely isolated from others. solitary confinement noun 1. isolation imposed on a prisoner, as by confinement in a special cell
- Solitary follicle
solitary follicle n. Any of the minute collections of lymphoid tissue in the mucosa of the small and large intestines, especially numerous in the cecum and in the appendix. Also called solitary gland.
noun 1. a North American sandpiper, Tringa solitaria, of inland wetlands, having a brownish-gray, white-spotted back and whitish underparts.