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solo

[soh-loh]
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noun, plural so·los, so·li [soh-lee] /ˈsoʊ li/.
  1. 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.
  2. any performance, as a dance, by one person.
  3. 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.
  4. a person who works, acts, or performs alone: He used to sing with a quartet, but now he's a solo.
  5. a person who performs or accomplishes something without the usual equipment, tools, etc.
  6. 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.
  7. Cards. any of certain games in which one person plays alone against others.
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adjective
  1. Music. performing alone: a part for solo bassoon.
  2. performed alone; not combined with other parts of equal importance; not concerted.
  3. alone; without a companion or partner: a solo flight.
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adverb
  1. on one's own; alone or unaccompanied: After six lessons he was flying solo.
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verb (used without object), so·loed, so·lo·ing.
  1. to perform or do a solo: to solo on the trumpet.
  2. to pilot a plane, glider, etc., unaccompanied, especially for the first time: After the course the students should be able to solo.
  3. to perform or accomplish something by oneself.
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verb (used with object), so·loed, so·lo·ing.
  1. to pilot (a plane, glider, etc.) unaccompanied.
  2. to allow (a student pilot) to pilot a plane, glider, etc., alone: The instructor decided to solo the student.
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Origin of solo

1685–95; < Italian < Latin sōlus alone

Solo

[soh-loh]
noun
  1. former name of Surakarta.
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Related Words for solo

unaccompanied, single, individual, solitary, stag, friendless, unmarried, unaided, unassisted, unescorted

Examples from the Web for solo

Contemporary Examples of solo

Historical Examples of solo

  • Stanton sang a solo, and then all joined in “Auld Lang Syne.”

  • We had been going through the solo soprano parts of the “Paradise Lost.”

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • One of the preachers sang a solo, and presided at the organ.

    A Woman who went to Alaska

    May Kellogg Sullivan

  • The work is written for four solo voices, chorus, and orchestra.

    The Standard Oratorios

    George P. Upton

  • That is the solo of human life overpowered by hallelujah chorus.

    The Wedding Ring

    T. De Witt Talmage


British Dictionary definitions for solo

solo

noun plural -los
  1. plural -los or -li (-liː) a musical composition for one performer with or without accompaniment
  2. any of various card games in which each person plays on his own instead of in partnership with another, such as solo whist
  3. a flight in which an aircraft pilot is unaccompanied
    1. any performance, mountain climb, or other undertaking carried out by an individual without assistance from others
    2. (as modifier)a solo attempt
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adjective
  1. music unaccompanieda sonata for cello solo
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adverb
  1. by oneself; aloneto fly solo
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verb
  1. (intr) to undertake a venture alone, esp to operate an aircraft alone or climb alone
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Word Origin for solo

C17: via Italian from Latin sōlus alone, sole 1
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Word Origin and History for solo

n.

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.

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