1. The state or quality of being alone or remote from others.
2. A lonely or secluded place.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin slitd, from slus, alone; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: solitude, isolation, seclusion, retirement These nouns denote the state of being alone. Solitude implies the absence of all others: The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship (Francis Bacon). I love tranquil solitude (Percy Bysshe Shelley). Isolation emphasizes total separation or detachment from others: the isolation of Crusoe, depicted by Defoes genius (Winston Churchill). Seclusion suggests removal, though not necessarily complete inaccessibility; the term often connotes a withdrawal from social contact: enjoyed my walk in the seclusion of the woods. Retirement suggests a withdrawal or retreat from active life, as for serenity or privacy: an elegant sufficiency, content,/Retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books (James Thomson).
solitude /sltud/ n. [U] the state of being alone: He found solitude in a quiet forest.