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[soh-loh-ist] /ˈsoʊ loʊ ɪst/
a person who performs a solo.
Origin of soloist
First recorded in 1860-65; solo + -ist
Related forms
soloistic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for soloist
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  • This inspired Tony, and he became the soloist, and sang Italys national anthem.

    The Liberty Girl Rena I. Halsey
  • His first appearance as a soloist is said to have been as Edwin, in 'Robin Hood.'

    Cornish Worthies, Volume 2 (of 2) Walter H. Tregellas
  • Richard was the soloist and always selected and began the hymns.

    Basil Everman Elsie Singmaster
  • How should one manage the accompaniment for a soloist inclined to play rubato?

    Piano Playing

    Josef Hofmann
  • They give the soloist every incentive to the highest efforts.

  • The name of the soloist will not be made known until the concert.'

    Daddy's Bedtime Bird Stories

    Mary Graham Bonner
  • "Dear little girl, you seem quite as happy as if you were to be a soloist," said the lady.

  • His interest in the soloist waned, but the orchestra was enough.

    The Stolen Singer

    Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
  • This leads your bewildered friend to ask you what sort of soloist you prefer.

    Perfect Behavior Donald Ogden Stewart
  • Ah, the soloist was the best—the lady who sang those sad songs.

    McTeague Frank Norris
British Dictionary definitions for soloist


a person who performs a solo
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for soloist

1864, from solo (n.) + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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