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[soh-loh-ist] /ˈsoʊ loʊ ɪst/
a person who performs a solo.
Origin of soloist
1860-65; solo + -ist
Related forms
soloistic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for soloist
  • If you're a soloist you have no one to blame but yourself if the concert goes badly.
  • Not for him the approach of a soloist toward a great composer.
  • The soloist musicians presided over funerals, weddings, life-cycle events and private engagements.
  • As a performer, she is a versatile pianist who enjoys performing both as a soloist and a collaborator.
  • He maintains a busy performance schedule as a soloist, chamber music and ensemble player.
  • He is available as a soloist, in a small group setting or with a full five to seven piece band.
British Dictionary definitions for soloist


a person who performs a solo
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Word Origin and History for soloist

1864, from solo (n.) + -ist.

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