so·​lo | \ ˈsō-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce solo (audio) \
plural solos

Definition of solo

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 or plural soli\ ˈsō-​(ˌ)lē How to pronounce solo (audio) \
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



Definition of solo (Entry 2 of 4)

: without a companion : alone fly solo



Definition of solo (Entry 3 of 4)

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


soloed; soloing\ ˈsō-​(ˌ)lō-​iŋ How to pronounce solo (audio) , -​lə-​wiŋ \

Definition of solo (Entry 4 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to perform by oneself: such as
a : to perform a musical solo
b : to fly an airplane without one's instructor on board

transitive verb

1 : to fly (an aircraft) alone
2 : to climb (something, such as a mountain) alone

Synonyms & Antonyms for solo

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of solo in a Sentence

Noun She is learning to fly and she flew her first solo yesterday. Adjective a student pilot's first solo flight She left the band last year and started a solo career. He just issued his first solo album. Verb The guitarist solos on practically every song. She soloed for the first time yesterday. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Seiya Suzuki, Ian Happ and Nico Hoerner hit consecutive doubles during a three-run first inning and Suzuki added a solo a homer in the eighth as host Chicago won its sixth in a row. San Francisco Chronicle, 26 July 2022 The final show will be a solo set by the guitarist on Sunday, Aug. 21. Sarah Michaud,, 26 July 2022 Judge had a solo shot off Nick Pivetta in the fifth and a two-run drive against Kaleb Ort in the sixth. Jake Seiner, Hartford Courant, 16 July 2022 The Sox had an immediate answer, however, when Christian Vázquez scalded a tying solo shot off Montgomery in the fourth. Globe Staff,, 15 July 2022 What’s the key to composing a bow solo on guitar and pulling it off live? Matt Wake |, al, 13 July 2022 White took a solo halfway through the set that could have passed as thunder in the lingering stormy skies. Rory Appleton, The Indianapolis Star, 9 July 2022 DJ LeMahieu added a solo shot off rookie Kirk McCarty (0-2) and Jose Trevino homered off Guardians utilityman Ernie Clement in the ninth for the Yankees. Tom Withers, ajc, 3 July 2022 Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas himself made that argument in a solo concurring opinion. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 27 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The curriculum differs from agency to agency; at YG, the future Blackpink members underwent a rigorous monthly testing system, where trainees performed solo and in teams for judges, developing everything from their own choreography to styling. Haeryun Kang, Rolling Stone, 23 May 2022 Malone appeared solo during the first half of the performance, sporting an all-black outfit and standing amid large circular lights resembling candles. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, 15 May 2022 This bright blue stone is a statement all on its own, so consider wearing it solo. Vogue, 10 May 2022 In the first image, Aiko poses solo for the camera while cradling her baby bump, golden flecks covering her chest, stomach and hip area in an ethereal manner as the galaxy serves at the photo’s back drop. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 22 July 2022 Even metal and punk dudes now who go solo synthpop once their bands fizzle out sound better than this. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 20 July 2022 As its title promises, a 7/8 theme — first played solo by consistently excellent cello fellow Lindsey Sharpe — spawns various re-modulated, reharmonized and reorchestrated alter egos. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 18 July 2022 Despite its man-against-the-sea reputation—especially the segment that calls for sailing solo for months in the notorious Southern Ocean—Lehtinen relishes the race’s leisurely pace. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 17 July 2022 Riding it solo is an exciting if slightly unnerving experience. Barry Neild, CNN, 14 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On that same wavelength, Bill O’Neill, a performer in the L.A. clown scene, has been developing a solo show for a good portion of 2022 with the premise of slipping on a banana peel in 1,000 different ways. Jake Kroeger, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2022 Had solo show at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Reagan Upshaw, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2022 Atiya remembers that this happened in 2013, after Toor’s first solo show at Aicon’s New York gallery. Calvin Tomkins, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess plays a solo show at 9 p.m. from City Winery Nashville. Gary Graff, cleveland, 27 July 2022 Beyond the new book, Cocker has been active with solo projects in the time since Pulp’s last breakup. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 26 July 2022 While the bands stay busy releasing music as a collective, or celebrating solo projects every few months — K-pop stars often venture off into acting, fashion, and other creative industries — their work and talent is celebrated on a global scale. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 25 July 2022 In June, pop megastars BTS announced that their seven members would be focusing more on their individual paths, exploring solo projects as a way of strengthening their collective foundation. Maura Johnston, Rolling Stone, 15 July 2022 All of this comes as the band is taking an extended break at the moment, partly so that individual members can pursue solo projects. Andy Meek, BGR, 8 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Richard Lin, who won the 2018 gold medal in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, will solo. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Aug. 2021 Richard Lin, who won the 2018 gold media in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, will solo. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 13 July 2021 Saturday brought them to Hilbert Circle Theatre to solo with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Gerard Schwarz. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 28 June 2021 Airbnb has a whole host of online experiences, from cooking classes with virtual chefs to solo scavenger hunts that can be done in your own living room. Anna Borges, SELF, 22 Oct. 2020 Still, the program is less financially friendly to solo ticket buyers or couples. James Hibberd,, 24 Sep. 2020 There was a big portfolio of issues that solo workers face that not many of us knew how to deal with, or how to access support for, if indeed support existed. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, 26 May 2020 There have been a few previous studies looking at affective feelings in different contexts, including one by Arturo Casado, a former world-class miler from Spain, that compared group to solo running in interval workouts. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 26 Apr. 2020 For some people, that may be best, but there are a number of excellent tour operators that cater to solo travelers. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 8 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of solo


1695, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1712, in the meaning defined above


1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1886, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for solo


Italian, from solo alone, from Latin solus

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More Definitions for solo


so·​lo | \ ˈsō-lō How to pronounce solo (audio) \
plural solos

Kids Definition of solo

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a piece of music performed by one singer or musician a piano solo
2 : an action done alone The pilot flew his first solo.


adverb or adjective

Kids Definition of solo (Entry 2 of 3)

: without another person : alone fly solo a solo dancer


soloed; soloing

Kids Definition of solo (Entry 3 of 3)

: to do something (as perform music or fly an airplane) alone or without an instructor

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