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solo

noun so·lo \ ˈsō-(ˌ)lō \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of solo

plural solos
1 or plural soli play \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 in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of solo

Italian, from solo alone, from Latin solus

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solo

adverb

Definition of solo

: without a companion : alone
  • fly solo

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First Known Use of solo

1712


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solo

adjective

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 in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of solo

1774


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solo

verb

Definition of solo

soloed; soloing play \ˈsō-(ˌ)lō-iŋ, -lə-wiŋ\
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

Examples of solo in a Sentence

  1. The guitarist solos on practically every song.

  2. She soloed for the first time yesterday.

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First Known Use of solo

1886



SOLO Defined for English Language Learners

solo

noun

Definition of solo for English Language Learners

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

  • : something that is done without another person


solo

adjective

Definition of solo for English Language Learners

  • : done without another person

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

  • baseball : hit with no runners on base


solo

verb

Definition of solo for English Language Learners

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

  • : to fly an airplane without an instructor


SOLO Defined for Kids

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solo

noun so·lo \ ˈsō-lō \

Definition of solo for Students

plural solos
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.

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solo

adverb or adjective

Definition of solo for Students

: without another person : alone
  • fly solo
  • a solo dancer

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solo

verb

Definition of solo for Students

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


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