so·​lo·​ist | \ ˈsō-lə-wist How to pronounce soloist (audio) , -(ˌ)lō-ist \

Definition of soloist

: one who performs a solo

Examples of soloist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The program will remain the same with Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto featuring guest violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist. Doug George, Chicago Tribune, 16 June 2022 The stellar 1996 premiere, conducted by Pierre Boulez and featuring Mitsuko Uchida as soloist, was coolly received at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2022 That's the belief of Gabe Stone Shayer, a soloist at American Ballet Theatre and Chanel collaborator who, this spring, traveled to Accra to soak in the rich cultural scene of the West African country. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 6 June 2022 Claire Khodara, former soprano soloist for two Vatican popes, American Idol contestant, and founder of StarRock Productions, releases Modern Lullaby album in support of Autism Awareness and Acceptance today. Rebecca Suhrawardi, Forbes, 3 June 2022 The radio host Bruce Duffie asked Mr. Preston, in a 1990 interview, if the itinerant life of an organ soloist was fun. New York Times, 23 May 2022 As vocal soloist, soprano Helen Zhibing Huang sang with nimbleness and tonal warmth. Globe Staff,, 22 May 2022 Venezuelan soloist Gabriela Martinez presided over the piece like a warm, smiling impresario, exchanging pleasantries with conductor Ruth Reinhardt and individual members of the orchestra. Luke Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 May 2022 Another soloist Rodgers pointed to is keyboardist Tyrone Bowie, a Birmingham native who serves as the keyboardist and band coordinator. al, 7 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of soloist

1864, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jun 2022

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“Soloist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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so·​lo·​ist | \ ˈsō-lə-wist How to pronounce soloist (audio) \

Kids Definition of soloist

: a person who performs a solo

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