solo

A versatile word, solo means "alone" and can be used as a verb ("I get to solo in band today"), a noun ("She sang a beautiful solo"), or an adjective (I can't wait for my solo flight").

The word solo is often associated with a musical performance, from the Italian derivative from the Latin sōlum, "alone." Until the end of the 17th century, just the Latin form was used, usually in stage directions. Then it entered musical terminology, as sola, in 1695. The adjectival use developed in the 18th century, and in 1864 the form soloist, referring to one who performed a solo, first appeared. It wasn't until the mid-19th century that the word was used as a verb.

Definitions of solo
  1. noun
    any activity that is performed alone without assistance
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    type of:
    activity
    any specific behavior
  2. noun
    a musical composition for one voice or instrument (with or without accompaniment)
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    types:
    voluntary
    composition (often improvised) for a solo instrument (especially solo organ) and not a regular part of a religious service or musical performance
    postlude
    a voluntary played at the end of a religious service
    type of:
    composition, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music
    a musical work that has been created
  3. noun
    a flight in which the aircraft pilot is unaccompanied
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    type of:
    flight, flying
    an instance of traveling by air
  4. adjective
    composed or performed by a single voice or instrument
    “a passage for solo clarinet”
    Synonyms:
    unaccompanied
    playing or singing without accompaniment
  5. adverb
    without anybody else or anything else
    “he flew solo
    synonyms: alone, unaccompanied
  6. verb
    perform a piece written for a single instrument
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    type of:
    perform
    give a performance (of something)
  7. verb
    fly alone, without a co-pilot or passengers
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    type of:
    aviate, fly, pilot
    operate an airplane
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