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 One yearns to hear its themes more fully developed, but by the time they’re fully stated, the soloist is off and running again in the finale. Howard Reich,, "CSO review: A dynamic debut from violinist Ray Chen," 6 Dec. 2019 The featured soloists are four members of the Percussion Collective: Victor Caccese, Ayano Kataoka, Doug Perry, and Svet Stoyanov. Jessica Rudman,, "Review: New dynamic percussion concerto ‘Drum Circles’ steals the show at HSO," 16 Nov. 2019 The vocal soloists for the Requiem are Amanda Mello, Cynthia Crass, Matthew Miles and Elliot Levine. La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada area events: LCF Chamber mixer at museum; mosquito forum, Halloween activities," 15 Oct. 2019 The soloist was German violinist Arabella Steinbacher, a distinctive and lyrical player who made her debut with this orchestra under Janowski in 2013, but who, then as now, seemed a little off. Washington Post, "An old hand shines anew in Bruckner," 11 Oct. 2019 Ji Young Chae was as light and effervescent as ever, but new soloist Tigran Mkrtchyan wasn’t always steady in his partnering or his jumps., "Boston Ballet serves up a superb ‘Giselle’ - The Boston Globe," 21 Sep. 2019 The new cantorial soloist of Kol Ami, a small Reconstructionist congregation in Boca Raton, is a soprano who has appeared in opera, musical theater and concerts throughout the United States and Europe. Sergio Carmona,, "Cantorial soloist brings opera, musical theater experience to Boca congregation," 18 Sep. 2019 The vocal soloists are soprano Sonja Tengblad, mezzo Clara Osowski and two alumni of vocal group Cantus, tenor David Walton and bass-baritone Dashon Burton. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Fall Arts Guide: Classical music lineup has intimate and expansive, retro and fresh offerings," 8 Sep. 2019 Among the vocal soloists, McCormack did eloquent work throughout, as did bass Steven Combs, with his warm timbre and tender phrasing. Joe Banno, Washington Post, "One aria sums up a joyful Washington Bach Consort ‘Christmas Oratorio’," 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of soloist

1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Soloist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of soloist

: a person who performs a musical solo


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

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: a person who performs a solo

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