A solution is a transparent (see-through) liquid. Solutions can never be cloudy or opaque. For example, the liquid below is orange but it is clear, so it is a solution.
On the contrary, this liquid is not a solution:
In a solution, a solid dissolves in a liquid. The solid particles are held tightly together in a fixed arrangement, but they are taken away from the liquid particles. The solid substances that dissolve are called solutes and the liquids they are dissolved in are called solvents. A solute dissolved in a liquid makes a solution.
Substances that dissolve are said to be soluble, whereas those that do not dissolve are said to be insoluble.