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Sunday, July 31

Solus

[SO-ləs]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, 16th century

1.

Alone or unaccompanied (used especially as a stage direction).

Examples of Solus in a sentence

"A figure appeared, solus, on the horizon."

"Last summer I traveled solus to Finland to enjoy the annual Finnish Tango festival."

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About Solus

“Solus” is taken directly from the Latin “sōlus,” meaning “alone.”

Did you Know?

“Solus” means alone — but because it’s taken directly from Latin and carries over that language’s gender specificity, this term is technically only for male subjects. Accordingly, the term to describe solitary women is “sola,” an adaptation of the Latin “sōla.” Though both “solus” and “sola” bear similarity to “solar,” that unrelated word comes from an altogether different root, the Latin “sōlāris.”

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