solitaire

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.

Primary Meanings of solitaire

1.
n
a card game played by one person
2.
n
a gem (usually a diamond) in a setting by itself
3.
n
a dull grey North American thrush noted for its beautiful song
Full Definitions of solitaire
1

n a card game played by one person

Synonyms:
patience
Types:
canfield
a form of solitaire that involves gambling
klondike
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

n a gem (usually a diamond) in a setting by itself

Type of:
gem, jewel, precious stone
a precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelry
3

n a dull grey North American thrush noted for its beautiful song

Type of:
thrush
songbirds characteristically having brownish upper plumage with a spotted breast

n extinct flightless bird related to the dodo

Synonyms:
Pezophaps solitaria
Type of:
columbiform bird
a cosmopolitan order of land birds having small heads and short legs with four unwebbed toes

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