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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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  • His voice brought him the position of soloist at the Calvary Episcopal Church, at the age of eighteen.

  • This inspired Tony, and he became the soloist, and sang Italys national anthem.

    The Liberty Girl Rena I. Halsey
  • He achieved a commanding position among the foremost Violinists of our time, both as a soloist and leader.

    The Violin George Hart
  • His interest in the soloist waned, but the orchestra was enough.

    The Stolen Singer Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
  • The next number on the program will probably be the soloist—say, a coloratura soprano.

    Perfect Behavior Donald Ogden Stewart
  • This leads your bewildered friend to ask you what sort of soloist you prefer.

    Perfect Behavior Donald Ogden Stewart
  • A soloist or the choir then sings while the clergyman slowly ascends to the altar, before which the marriage is performed.

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • Ah, the soloist was the best—the lady who sang those sad songs.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • We went to call on Sainton, who was as refined a soloist as he was an intelligent and energetic orchestral leader.

    Wagner as I Knew Him Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger
  • The piece is in the key of E flat, and the violin is to be tuned a semitone higher, the soloist playing in D.

    Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work Stephen Samuel Stratton
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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