sol·i·tude (sŏlĭ-td′, -tyd′)
1. The state or quality of being alone or remote from others: Composers need solitude to work.
a. The state of being secluded or uninhabited: sought out the solitude of the forest.
b. A secluded or uninhabited place: "Beyond his bleak sky-line there stretched vast solitudes" (Jack London).
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sōlitūdō, from sōlus, alone; see s(w)e- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The American Heritage Dictionary Blog
Check out our blog, updated regularly, for new words and revised definitions, interesting images from the 5th edition, discussions of usage, and more.