Definition of solitaire in English:

solitaire

noun

  • 1Any of various card games played by one person, the object of which is to use up all one's cards by forming particular arrangements and sequences.

    • ‘Latham was sitting at the table playing solitaire.’
    • ‘I'll sit with the computer for 25 hours and play solitaire.’
    • ‘Go into the living room and do something that calms you - read a book, play solitaire, do a jigsaw puzzle.’
    • ‘He was in the office playing computer solitaire.’
    • ‘A few months ago, Adonis had found a deck of cards in a dumpster and used them to play solitaire, something else he didn't exactly recall learning.’
    • ‘A second $100 prize was offered to the person who completed the most number of sets of solitaire, in addition to the prize for the highest score.’
    • ‘You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.’
    • ‘Max got out the cards to play solitaire, and I shut my eyes for a nap.’
    • ‘But they might be willing to play a little solitaire - just to pass the time.’
    • ‘He often sat there with his old deck of cards playing solitaire, remembering other bars and card games.’
    • ‘The unflappable receptionist went on playing solitaire.’
    • ‘She was inside playing cards by herself, solitaire.’
    • ‘She found the pack of cards and dealt out a hand of solitaire on the floor.’
    • ‘He then quietly admitted that he couldn't figure out how to move the cards in solitaire.’
    • ‘Being able to take short breaks to recharge your brain is much better - whether it's surfing the sports pages or playing a little solitaire.’
    • ‘These scores are influenced somewhat by subjects' skill in playing solitaire, particularly with respect to their variance.’
    • ‘Cut to the seminar room, which is narrow and extremely long, with a room divider halfway down, and is full of elderly people sitting round cabaret tables playing board games, solitaire, knitting etc.’
    • ‘Debbie Weiss was sitting at the table, playing solitaire.’
    • ‘In general, the computer versions now available do no more than let you play solitaire, showing you the cards and letting you move them around.’
    • ‘On a second thought, she arranged the cards to play solitaire.’
    • ‘People have worked out five-suit versions of other card games, including spades, bridge, hearts, and various types of solitaire.’
  • 2A diamond or other gem set in a piece of jewelry by itself.

    • ‘Jenny looked at the rather simple diamond solitaire sitting in a gold band.’
    • ‘A single diamond solitaire hovered above the hollow of her throat.’
    • ‘The facility, with two concert halls and a dinner club designed by Rafael Viñoly, should shine like a diamond solitaire, even in daylight, giving the center an urban profile it deserves.’
    • ‘‘They steer away from anything that looks too engagementy, so solitaires, three-stones and clusters are out but we do sell a lot of solitaire necklaces and diamond crosses,’ he says.’
    • ‘The country has already emerged as a big player in the finished product category - cutting and polishing imported roughs and re-exporting it as solitaires and jewellery.’
    • ‘Nordheim once based a work around the image of a solitaire diamond, and here, too, his compositions shimmer like stones of unmeasured preciousness.’
    • ‘A typical King press conference finds the tuxedo-clad promoter clutching an American flag in a hand graced by a nine-carat solitaire set in a white gold ring.’
    • ‘The piece begins at the navel with a large solitaire and falls in several layers around the waist.’
    • ‘The exhibition also has an ‘Arisia diamond solitaire collection.’’
    • ‘The candlelight caught the square solitaire, setting rainbows of fire dancing through the diamond.’
    • ‘The black-enameled hinged balls shown in Plate XII were used to cover the diamond solitaire earrings also shown.’
    • ‘He slipped the ring of gold with the single solitaire onto the ring-finger of her left hand.’
    • ‘The small diamond solitaire glinted off the Christmas tree.’
    • ‘Typically, these are either solitaire diamond rings or three stone rings.’
    • ‘It is a slick platinum band impounded in the center by a gorgeous, princess-cut pink diamond solitaire.’
    • ‘I took the rings to a jeweler, sold the gold, and had the solitaire diamond set into a pendant, which I then gave to my daughter for her 18th birthday.’
    • ‘For the attractively priced and elegantly designed ‘Solo’ collection of small solitaire diamonds, is sure to fulfil her aspirations.’
    jewel, precious stone, semi-precious stone, stone, solitaire, brilliant, baguette, cabochon
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    1. 2.1A ring set with a solitaire diamond or other gem.
      • ‘The single diamond solitaire is a strong favourite and nobody can resist that big sparkler.’
      • ‘Later it is explained to you that simple designs are more the persons style so you return the ‘gaudy’ ring for the simple solitaire.’
      • ‘Sparkling on the ring finger of her left hand was the beautiful diamond solitaire Arthur had presented her with earlier that day.’
      • ‘It's a diamond solitaire Dad bought with winnings from a good day at the track.’
      • ‘‘Being the baby of the family, I certainly didn't think I would be getting a large solitaire of my dreams, and I didn't,’ she says.’
      • ‘And Long is walking around in her grief with a diamond solitaire on her hand, symbolizing that love.’
      • ‘Over a period of three weeks, there are prizes to be won, including 135 gold coins, a diamond solitaire, and discounts at almost every shop.’
      • ‘They also include the elegant ‘Lightweight Diamond Collection’ and spectacular solitaires.’
      • ‘Not an engagement ring, though, she says, there is an obvious significance to a man giving a woman a diamond solitaire.’
      • ‘Sunset on Valentines day, Piazza San Marco - Venice, diamond solitaire, down on one knee?’
      • ‘Opening the box he took out a stunning diamond solitaire and placed it on her finger.’
      • ‘I, thinking nothing of it, removed my evening glove and showed her the small gold band with the small diamond solitaire on my left ring finger.’
      • ‘If you bought a solitaire from Tiffany and Co., you want to replace it with a solitaire from Tiffany, not a solitaire from Sears.’
      • ‘‘This is the ring that your grandfather gave me when we got engaged’ she said as she pointed to a silver banded diamond solitaire.’
      • ‘Then there are Canadian Diamond Classics, with prices that start at $495 up to $5,000 for a solitaire.’
      • ‘Tim Aveyard, assistant manager of Goldsmith's Jewellers in Bank Street, said solitaires were the most popular ring.’
      • ‘Glenn had steered her away from the traditional solitaires and selected an estate piece, a huge opal surrounded by diamonds.’
      • ‘There won't be room to get on one knee, and you risk dropping the solitaire into the depths, but if it goes well, you'll have the world's best answer to the question ‘So where did you get engaged?’’
      • ‘Neil also bought Lucy's engagement ring, a diamond solitaire from Deacon's and managed to keep it under wraps until he popped the question in Cyprus.’
  • 3Either of two large extinct flightless birds related to the dodo, found on two of the Mascarene Islands until they were exterminated in the 18th century.

    dodo
    • ‘He has unfolded for her what could have been simply a lecture on the solitaires, a narrative that gradually becomes a tale, a reverie, a meditation on the birds.’
    • ‘Of solitaires there are only travelers' tales and sketches, and a few bones [found in the caves of the limestone platform of the island].’
    • ‘The DNA evidence does indicate that the dodo and the solitaire separated from a common ancestor about 25.6 million years ago.’
    • ‘Isaac draws the portrait of the solitaire as it was described to him by a very old man who had seen one of the last of that strange species.’
    • ‘It was a handsome, solitary bird, and was therefore known as the solitaire, while a similar bird on Mauritius was called the dodo.’
  • 4A large American thrush with mainly gray plumage and a short bill.

    • ‘Everything was bone dry, and the cedar breaks below the escarpment held not a single robin, waxwing, solitaire, or bluebird.’
    • ‘The few birds that stay in Washington are found east of the Cascades, where they sometimes join groups of robins and solitaires.’
    • ‘Trails lead into the juniper-filled canyon where Townsend's solitaires sing.’
    • ‘In fall and winter, look for bald eagles, American dippers, mergansers, red-shafted Northern flickers, red-tailed hawks, and Townsend's solitaires.’

Origin

Early 18th century: from French, from Latin solitarius (see solitary).

Pronunciation:

solitaire

/ˈsäləˌter/