from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who performs a solo.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who performs a solo.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who sings or plays a solo.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music, a performer of solos, vocal or instrumental. Also solist.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a musician who performs a solo


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  • The soloist is piano great Martha Argerich who is on a rare tour of the West Coast, which I saw on Friday.

    Pump it Up

  • She gets signed up for Amateur Night as a sentimental soprano soloist, is propelled on stage, moves her lips as the crowd makes noise, sways her body as if actually singing, then exits.

    “. . .all his race rose up before him in a mighty phantasmagoria. . .”

  • I don’t have the violin soloist going – YET – but in the meantime I have some lovely, sombre chamber music rolling on 8-track in the background.

    Zachary | Her Bad Mother

  • Still a first soloist, which is two ranks below the top category of principal, Mr. Vasiliev is a man of short stature, big muscles, bright eyes, a winning smile, and a mop of curly, brown hair.

    Those Mighty Men in Tights

  • As part of our continuing mollification of superannuated subscribers, this week's concerts will feature a big-name soloist playing a very old piece while the rest of the musicians phone it in.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • The soloist was the 32-year-old Canadian violinist Leila Josefowicz who has been specializing in playing the music of living composers, which got her a Macarthur Foundation "genius" award last year.

    Classical Gas

  • This time the soloist was a 19-year-old French girl named Lisa de la Salle, who has started recording for the aptly named "Naive" label.

    Old Lady Matinee at the Symphony

  • It was interesting music that probably gets better the more you hear it, but the soloist was the San Francisco Symphony's concertmaster, Alexander Barantschik, and he just wasn't up to the task.

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • "Yes, yes the music was er, -- very er, -- musical, and the soloist, that is, the one who sang a solo, was er, -- the only one who er -- sang alone, I believe."

    Randy and Her Friends

  • "Ah, the soloist was the best -- the lady who sang those sad songs."



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