solo


1so·lo

noun \ˈsō-(ˌ)lō\

: a piece of music that is performed by one singer or musician

: something that is done without another person

plural solos

Full Definition of SOLO

1
or plural so·li \ˈsō-(ˌ)lē\
a :  a musical composition for a single voice or instrument with or without accompaniment
b :  the featured part of a concerto or similar work
2
:  a performance in which the performer has no partner or associate
:  something undertaken or done alone <a student pilot's first solo>
3
:  any of several card games in which a player elects to play without a partner against the other players

Examples of SOLO

  1. She is learning to fly and she flew her first solo yesterday.

Origin of SOLO

Italian, from solo alone, from Latin solus
First Known Use: 1695

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany

2solo

adverb

Definition of SOLO

:  without a companion :  alone <fly solo>

First Known Use of SOLO

1712

3solo

adjective

: done without another person

: involving or done by a single performer instead of a group

baseball : hit with no runners on base

Full Definition of SOLO

1
:  accommodating one person <a solo canoe>
2
:  of, relating to, or being a solo <a solo performance> <a solo flight>
3
:  hit with no runners on base <a solo home run>

Examples of SOLO

  1. a student pilot's first solo flight
  2. She left the band last year and started a solo career.
  3. He just issued his first solo album.

First Known Use of SOLO

1774

4solo

verb

: to perform a piece of music without another singer or musician

: to fly an airplane without an instructor

so·loedso·lo·ing \-(ˌ)lō-iŋ, -lə-wiŋ\

Full Definition of SOLO

intransitive verb
:  to perform by oneself: as
a :  to perform a musical solo
b :  to fly an airplane without one's instructor on board
transitive verb
1
:  to fly (as an airplane) alone
2
:  to climb (as a mountain) alone

Examples of SOLO

  1. The guitarist solos on practically every song.
  2. She soloed for the first time yesterday.

First Known Use of SOLO

1886

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