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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: solitarius, from solitas 'solitude', from solus; SOLE1

solitary

1 adjective
     
sol‧i‧ta‧ry1
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.
2 doing something without anyone else with you:
a long, solitary walk
3 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.
4

not a solitary word/thing etc

used to emphasize that there is not even one:
He followed her round without a solitary word.
solitarily adverb
solitariness noun [uncountable]

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