From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsolitarysol‧i‧ta‧ry1 /ˈsɒlətəri $ ˈsɑːləteri/ ●○○ adjective 🔊 🔊 1[only before noun]ONLY used to emphasize that there is only one of something syn single 🔊 the solitary goal of the match 🔊 The benches were empty except for a single solitary figure.2ALONEdoing something without anyone else with you 🔊 a long, solitary walk3ALONEspending a lot of time alone, usually because you like being alone opp sociable 🔊 a solitary man 🔊 Pandas are solitary creatures. 🔊 He led a rather solitary existence.4 →not a solitary word/thing etc —solitarily adverb —solitariness noun [uncountable]
solitarysolitary2 noun (plural solitaries) 🔊 🔊 1[uncountable] informalSCJsolitaryconfinement 🔊 He spent two weeks in solitary.2[countable] British English literaryALONE someone who lives completely alone syn hermit
Examples from the Corpus
solitary• Then shepherds - but shepherds are solitaries.• When he left the infirmary he was due to spend two weeks in solitary.• Judge orders confiscation of smuggler's £1.5massetsDrugsbaron faces 15 years in solitary.• The gods of the fieldincline with the solitaries of the study.