Solitaire is a game you can play all by yourself—all you need is a deck of cards. And just as solitaire is a game for one, a single diamond in a ring is also a solitaire.

Another name for the solitaire card game is patience. There are variations on this game, but most involve sorting cards into suits by ranking numbers (king, queen, jack, ten, etc.). The Latin root at the heart of this lonely word is solitarius, "alone or isolated." Originally, a solitaire was a widow, and eventually the word came to mean any solitary person. In the 18th century, the "gemstone" and "card game" meanings evolved.

Definitions of solitaire
  1. noun
    a card game played by one person
    synonyms: patience
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    a form of solitaire that involves gambling
    a form of solitaire that begins with seven piles of cards with the top cards facing up; descending sequences of cards of alternating colors are built on these piles; as aces become available they are placed above the seven piles; the object is to build sequences in suit from ace to king as the remaining cards are dealt out one at a time
    Russian bank, crapette
    solitaire with two players using separate packs
    type of:
    card game, cards
    a game played with playing cards
  2. noun
    a gem (usually a diamond) in a setting by itself
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    type of:
    gem, jewel, precious stone
    a precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelry
  3. noun
    a dull grey North American thrush noted for its beautiful song
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    type of:
    songbirds characteristically having brownish upper plumage with a spotted breast
  4. noun
    extinct flightless bird related to the dodo
    synonyms: Pezophaps solitaria
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    type of:
    columbiform bird
    a cosmopolitan order of land birds having small heads and short legs with four unwebbed toes
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