a person who performs a solo.

Origin of soloist

First recorded in 1860–65; solo + -ist
Related formsso·lo·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for soloist

Historical Examples of soloist

  • 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.'

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for soloist



a person who performs a solo
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Word Origin and History for soloist

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

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