Pronunciation: (sol'i-ter"ē), [key]
—adj., n., pl. -tar•ies.
1. alone; without companions; unattended: a solitary passer-by.
2. living alone; avoiding the society of others: a solitary existence.
3. by itself; alone: one solitary house.
4. characterized by the absence of companions: a solitary journey.
5. done without assistance or accompaniment; done in solitude: solitary chores.
6. being the only one: a solitary exception.
7. characterized by solitude, as a place; unfrequented, secluded, or lonely: a solitary cabin in the woods.
8. Zool.living habitually alone or in pairs, as certain wasps. Cf. social (def. 10).
1. a person who lives alone or in solitude, or avoids the society of others.
2. a person who lives in solitude from religious motives.
3. See solitary confinement.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.