Solitaire is any tabletop game which one can play by oneself. The term "solitaire" is also used for single-player games of concentration and skill using a set layout of tiles , pegs or stones rather than cards.. Solitaire is a computer game included with Microsoft Windows, based on a card game of the same name, also known as Klondike. Spider is a type of patience game. It is one of the more popular two-deck solitaire games.. "Solitaire" is a ballad written by Neil Sedaka and Phil Cody. Cody employs playing the card game of solitaire as a metaphor for a man "who lost his love through his indifference"—"while life goes on around him everywhere he's playing solitaire".. Solitaire, also called patience, often refers to single-player card games involving a layout of cards with a goal of sorting them in some manner. However it is possible to play the same games competitively (often a head to head race) and cooperatively. The term solitaire is also used for. A person who lives alone; a recluse or hermit. Alexander Pope […] he really wishes he had never beheld you, nor yours. You have spoiled him for a solitaire, and a book, all the days of his life; and put him into such a condition, that he thinks of nothing, and enquires of nothing but after a person who has nothing to say to him .