1. Far from others or difficult to get to; remote: an isolated farmhouse.
2. Occasional or rare: Reporters in the field observed isolated instances of rebellion.
3. Characterized by little social contact: leading an isolated life.
[From French isolé, from Italian isolato, from Latin īnsulātus, made into an island, from īnsula, island.]
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