Definition of solitude in English:

solitude

noun

  • 1mass noun The state or situation of being alone.

    ‘she savoured her few hours of freedom and solitude’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A lyrical, a scholarly, a fastidious mind might have used seclusion and solitude to perfect its powers.’
    • ‘It is a creature of solitude, travelling alone, and a splendour in the bush.’
    • ‘The rugged landscape and mountains provide a wealth of opportunities for peace and solitude and the water is clear and inviting.’
    • ‘It's time for him to have a chance in solitude and privacy to reconnect with his family.’
    • ‘It had been the perfect place to work on his greatest inventions in complete peace and solitude.’
    • ‘For a few hours, my kid was next door at the Nappers and I had peace and solitude.’
    • ‘Bachelorhood has long taught me that solitude is not loneliness.’
    • ‘However people should know that loneliness and solitude are not synonyms.’
    • ‘Maybe you like the peace and solitude of the early hours of the morning so that you can get on with various important tasks uninterrupted.’
    • ‘We have just the right amount of time to bond, tempered by long stretches that allow solitude and privacy should we desire them.’
    • ‘Yet we have a better chance of solitude here than on most islands.’
    • ‘All was peace, light and solitude - which can do strange things to a person.’
    • ‘It had taken only a few minutes' exposure to the pre-Christmas rush for me to once again yearn for peace and solitude.’
    • ‘This trance is achieved in complete solitude and yogis can enter into it or get out of it at will.’
    • ‘Happiness is solitude, thinks the hermit who lives alone on his island.’
    • ‘All the attacks were on couples enjoying some late-night solitude in cars at isolated car parks.’
    • ‘At long last peace and solitude, she thought, tossing her purse onto the nearby table.’
    loneliness, solitariness, remoteness, isolation, seclusion, retirement, withdrawal, purdah, privacy, privateness, peace, peace and quiet, desolation
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  • 2A lonely or uninhabited place.

    ‘the battle to preserve beloved solitudes flared up all over the country’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One would have said that the writer must have threaded its wildest solitudes by the light of the moon and stars as well as by day.’
    • ‘Can Layton's national social alternative find a voice in the riding's four solitudes of Capilano, the city, Lynn Valley and Seymour?’
    wilderness, undisturbed area, unspoiled area, rural area, wilds, backwoods, the back of beyond
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Origin

Middle English from Old French, or from Latin solitudo, from solus ‘alone’.

Pronunciation

solitude

/ˈsɒlɪtjuːd/