so·​lo·​ist ˈsō-lə-wist How to pronounce soloist (audio)
: one who performs a solo

Examples of soloist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among all waits between top 10s (again, not including holiday hits), The Beatles end the fifth-longest break; as a soloist, McCartney ranks third. Gary Trust, Billboard, 13 Nov. 2023 While a student at Juilliard, Drucker was appointed concertmaster and appeared as a soloist several times. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Nov. 2023 Strauss had found inspiration for the work, composed for two dozen string soloists during the final months of the war, in a Goethe poem about the impossibility of self-knowledge. Christopher Benfey,, 22 Aug. 2023 Back in July, the band joined Swift onstage in Seattle, opening the concert and later returning to perform alongside the soloist. Clare Fisher, Peoplemag, 27 Oct. 2023 Across 11 tracks, the singer will showcase his skill set as a soloist for the first time. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 3 Oct. 2023 Singers sought for new hymnal (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Latter-day Saint soloists and choral singers are needed to help record songs for the new hymnbook, which is part of the church's digital sacred musical collection. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Aug. 2023 Four weeks earlier, the song became the first leader on the lists for a member of BTS as a soloist. Gary Trust, Billboard, 21 Aug. 2023 For Walczak — who stayed at City Ballet for 12 years, becoming a soloist — her primal urge to dance makes her think reincarnation could be real. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, 9 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of soloist was in 1864

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“Soloist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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so·​lo·​ist ˈsō-lə-wəst How to pronounce soloist (audio)
: one who performs a solo

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