Definition of solo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsōlō/

noun (plural solos)

1A thing done by one person unaccompanied, in particular.
1.1 (plural solos or soli /ˈsōlē/) A piece of vocal or instrumental music or a dance, or a part or passage in one, for one performer.
Example sentences
  • This also affects the soli which all require an absolutely clean portamento and a beautifully crafted rubato.
  • He published accordion music and French instrumental solos.
  • The jazz inflected vocal and instrumental solos could have been written by Weill.
1.2An unaccompanied flight by a pilot in an aircraft.
Example sentences
  • Most first solos are no more than a couple or three circles around the airport traffic pattern, but it's a big moment in a student pilot's training.
  • Starting bright and early in the morning, he guaranteed to have you up for your first solo by sundown.
  • Is it possible to turn a paraglider pilot into an ATOS pilot in thirteen flights, and on their fourth solo?
2A card game in which one player plays against the others in an attempt to win a specified number of tricks.
Example sentences
  • Solo whist is a plain-trick game with trumps and bidding, closely related to the more elaborate and now obsolete game of Boston.

adjective& adverb

For or done by one person alone; unaccompanied: [as adjective]: a solo album [as adverb]: she’d spent most of her life flying solo
More example sentences
  • In 1996, Nyolo released a successful solo acoustic album Tribu, followed by Multiculti later on.
  • He's promoting his new solo acoustic album Going Somewhere, but he will also play a few old favourites.
  • His latest solo piano album was nominated for five Grammy Awards, and the festival will feature some of the work for which he is best known.
unaccompanied, single-handed, companionless, unescorted, unattended, unchaperoned, independent, solitary;
alone, on one's own, by oneself
unaccompanied, alone, on one's own, single-handed(ly), by oneself, unescorted, unattended, unchaperoned, unaided, independently
informal stag

verb (soloes, soloing, soloed)

[no object]
1Perform something unaccompanied, in particular.
Example sentences
  • The half closed with CBS forward Mark Fleming soloing through from centre-forward and kicking the ball to the net as CBS led 3-2 to 1-0 at half time.
  • And it continued in the 13 th minute when again Dunne won the ball before soloing up the middle and her hand pass found Kirwan who rounded her marker to coolly slot home her side's second goal.
  • Unlike the moms (or, to be more precise and fair, my perception of the moms), we dads have no clear cultural script for soloing with our kids in public.
1.1Perform an unaccompanied piece of music or a part or passage in one.
Example sentences
  • Jeffery soloed with the Plano Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Methodist University Meadows Symphony Orchestra.
  • Jon's suite, which makes up the entirety of the original Concerto record, is nothing better than a bad mixture of hard rock soloing and a rather childish idea of classical music.
  • The teaching approach focuses on two areas: comping and soloing.
1.2Fly an aircraft unaccompanied.
Example sentences
  • Dan soloed in a sailplane at 14, and when he was old enough, moved onto powered aircraft.
  • Within two years he started taking flying lessons and soloed on 15 August 1937 in a 40-hp Jaylor Cub.
  • At 10 to 25 cents an hour, it took me about two years to have the money to log the eight hours necessary to solo at age 16.
1.3Undertake solo climbing.
Example sentences
  • We ate some lunch, played on the top rope, and soloed around the lower sections of a few climbs before yanking our gear and heading for the Mad Moose.
  • It is only 50 or 60 feet to the start of the climb and before the Frenchies know what is happening, we are soloing up the first pitch.
  • You can get away with one cordalette per station when soloing.


Late 17th century (as a musical term): from Italian, from Latin solus 'alone'.

Words that rhyme with solo

bolo, criollo, polo, tombolo

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Syllabification: so·lo

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