a performer, especially a musician, who performs alone
– Yo Yo Ma is a cello soloist, and last night he delivered an impassioned performance
– Robbie Williams decided to pursue a solo career after the breakup of his band.
– On Tuesday and Wednesday, Joshua Bell, an audience favorite, returns as the soloist in Dvorak’s Violin Concerto.
– The word solo is often associated with a musical performance, but I would use the word solo to describe anything you do alone. Free Solo is a 2018 American documentary that profiles rock climber Alex Honnold on his quest to perform a free solo climb of El Capitan in June 2017.
me-party (Muppet song)
band, group, orchestra,
1. a disaster with serious effects in terms of suffering and harm; 2. distress caused by a disaster
Calamity is often a stronger word than disaster, although both describe serious events with suffering and damage as the result. Calamity can be used ironically. For example, losing your shoes is not a calamity; you’ll get over it. A catastrophe is a horrible disaster that leads to a great loss of life, even more so than a calamity.
– The earthquake caused considerable damage and was greater than any previous calamity the town had faced.
– Nothing had caused such a calamity among the citizens as the loss of so many of their young navy men.
– Losing you car keys is not such a calamity; at least you have a spare set.
– The calamity left many families homeless until their houses could be rebuilt.
disaster, catastrophe, cataclysm
boon, blessing, luck