Meaning of “solo” in the English Dictionary

"solo" in British English

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soloadjective [ before noun ], adverb

uk /ˈsəʊ.ləʊ/ us /ˈsoʊ.loʊ/

B2 alone; without other people:

to sail/fly solo
He used to play with a group but now he's going solo/pursuing a solo career.

More examples

  • He made his name in the 90s boy band Boyzone, before going on to a highly successful solo career.
  • It's a retrospective album of solo Freddie Mercury tracks.
  • This is her first solo album.
  • This makes him the biggest-selling solo artist of all time.
  • This was his first solo appearance at a public event.

solonoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsəʊ.ləʊ/ us /ˈsoʊ.loʊ/ plural solos

B2 a musical performance given by one person alone, or a musical performance in which one person is given special attention:

a trumpet solo
Parker's solo on "A Night in Tunisia" was so amazing that the pianist backing him simply stopped playing.

More examples

  • A haunting oboe solo introduces the third movement of the concerto.
  • Each verse was sung as a solo and then everyone joined in on the chorus.
  • We had to sit through a ten-minute drum solo.
  • Next up was a tedious guitar solo.
  • She had to do a solo in the Christmas concert.

(Definition of “solo” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"solo" in American English

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soloadjective, adverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈsoʊ·loʊ/

alone; without other people:

She takes long, solo bike rides to relax after work.
He decided to go solo instead of touring with the band.

solonoun [ C ]

us /ˈsoʊ·loʊ/ plural solos

a musical performance done by one person or one instrument alone, or in which one person is featured:

a piano solo
a Miles Davis solo
noun [ C ] us /ˈsoʊ·loʊ·ɪst/

The cellist is a featured soloist at the recital.

(Definition of “solo” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)