Definition of solitude in English:

solitude

noun

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

    ‘she savoured her few hours of freedom and solitude’
    • ‘For a few hours, my kid was next door at the Nappers and I had peace and solitude.’
    • ‘We have just the right amount of time to bond, tempered by long stretches that allow solitude and privacy should we desire them.’
    • ‘This trance is achieved in complete solitude and yogis can enter into it or get out of it at will.’
    • ‘All was peace, light and solitude - which can do strange things to a person.’
    • ‘At long last peace and solitude, she thought, tossing her purse onto the nearby table.’
    • ‘As increasing numbers of people choose to live or work alone, solitude is often celebrated in 2001.’
    • ‘Yet we have a better chance of solitude here than on most islands.’
    • ‘It's time for him to have a chance in solitude and privacy to reconnect with his family.’
    • ‘As someone whose self reposes on a great slab of solitude, such a situation would drive me nuts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Happiness is solitude, thinks the hermit who lives alone on his island.’
    • ‘The rugged landscape and mountains provide a wealth of opportunities for peace and solitude and the water is clear and inviting.’
    • ‘It is a creature of solitude, travelling alone, and a splendour in the bush.’
    • ‘It had taken only a few minutes' exposure to the pre-Christmas rush for me to once again yearn for peace and solitude.’
    • ‘A lyrical, a scholarly, a fastidious mind might have used seclusion and solitude to perfect its powers.’
    • ‘All the attacks were on couples enjoying some late-night solitude in cars at isolated car parks.’
    • ‘It tells us that God is, in a sense, a community of persons, not a solitary living in solitude, alone and distant.’
    • ‘It had been the perfect place to work on his greatest inventions in complete peace and solitude.’
    • ‘Bachelorhood has long taught me that solitude is not loneliness.’
    • ‘However people should know that loneliness and solitude are not synonyms.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is still a disparate monstrosity, full of solitudes & barrens & wilds.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    wilderness, undisturbed area, unspoilt 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/