noun, plural so·los, so·li [soh-lee] /ˈsoʊ li/.
verb (used without object), so·loed, so·lo·ing.
verb (used with object), so·loed, so·lo·ing.
Origin of solo
Definition for soli (2 of 3)
Origin of soli-1
Definition for soli (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for soli
Solo for soli has the authority of Cato, who used soli for solius, and of Terence, who used solæ for the same case.Roman Sepulchral Inscriptions|John Kenrick
The Kyrie was coldly given, the alto and bass, in the soli parts, being hardly strung up to tune.
I endeavoured to sweeten the monotony of my duties in some degree by always enriching and ornamenting my soli performances.Louis Spohr's Autobiography|Louis Spohr
This is the case with his ninth Symphony with Soli and Chorus.Life of Beethoven|Anton Schindler
The middle bell gives F sharp and the inscription is "Soli deo gloria."The Evolution Of An English Town|Gordon Home
British Dictionary definitions for soli (1 of 2)
Word Origin for soli
British Dictionary definitions for soli (2 of 2)
noun plural -los
- any performance, mountain climb, or other undertaking carried out by an individual without assistance from others
- (as modifier)a solo attempt
Word Origin for solo
Word Origin and History for soli
1690s, "piece of music for one voice or instrument," from Italian solo, literally "alone," from Latin solus "alone" (see sole (adj.)). As an adjective in English from 1712, originally in the non-musical sense of "alone, unassisted;" in reference to aircraft flying from 1909. The verb is first attested 1858 in the musical sense, 1886 in a non-musical sense. Related: Soloed; soloing.