- a musical composition or a passage or section in a musical composition written for performance by one singer or instrumentalist, with or without accompaniment: She sang a solo.
- any performance, as a dance, by one person.
- a flight in an airplane during which the pilot is unaccompanied by an instructor or other person: I'll be ready for my first solo next week.
- a person who works, acts, or performs alone: He used to sing with a quartet, but now he's a solo.
- a person who performs or accomplishes something without the usual equipment, tools, etc.
- Informal. an announcement, commercial offering, etc., made to only one person or a selected group of such persons: Each month the firm sends a solo to its best customers.
- Cards. any of certain games in which one person plays alone against others.
- Music. performing alone: a part for solo bassoon.
- performed alone; not combined with other parts of equal importance; not concerted.
- alone; without a companion or partner: a solo flight.
- on one's own; alone or unaccompanied: After six lessons he was flying solo.
- to perform or do a solo: to solo on the trumpet.
- to pilot a plane, glider, etc., unaccompanied, especially for the first time: After the course the students should be able to solo.
- to perform or accomplish something by oneself.
- to pilot (a plane, glider, etc.) unaccompanied.
- to allow (a student pilot) to pilot a plane, glider, etc., alone: The instructor decided to solo the student.
Origin of solo
- a combining form meaning “alone,” “solitary,” used in the formation of compound words: solifidian.
Origin of soli-1
- a combining form meaning “sun,” used in the formation of compound words: soliform.
Origin of soli-2
Examples from the Web for soli
Historical Examples of soli
Clearchus of Soli calls the tomb of Alyattes "the tomb of the Hetæra."The History of Antiquity, Vol. III (of VI)
The only inscription which it bears is his motto—— Soli Deo gloria.The Story of Brussels
Some he settled at Soli in Cilicia, and others in other places, and some in this spot.
From Seleucia to Soli is a voyage in a straight line of nearly 1000 stadia.
This is the case with his ninth Symphony with Soli and Chorus.Life of Beethoven
- music (of a piece or passage) to be performed by or with soloistsCompare tutti
Word Origin for soli
- plural -los or -li (-liː) a musical composition for one performer with or without accompaniment
- any of various card games in which each person plays on his own instead of in partnership with another, such as solo whist
- a flight in which an aircraft pilot is unaccompanied
- any performance, mountain climb, or other undertaking carried out by an individual without assistance from others
- (as modifier)a solo attempt
- music unaccompanieda sonata for cello solo
- by oneself; aloneto fly solo
- (intr) to undertake a venture alone, esp to operate an aircraft alone or climb alone
Word Origin for solo
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.