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