|Origin:||solitarius, from solitas 'solitude', from solus; SOLE1|
1 [only before noun]
used to emphasize that there is only one of something [= single]:
the solitary goal of the match
The benches were empty except for a single solitary figure.
doing something without anyone else with you:
a long, solitary walk
spending a lot of time alone, usually because you like being alone [≠ sociable]:
a solitary man
Pandas are solitary creatures.
He led a rather solitary existence.
used to emphasize that there is not even one:
He followed her round without a solitary word.
—solitariness noun [uncountable]