Solo in English | Spanish to English Translation
sustantivo (pl solos)
1. solo (m) (musical)
2. en solitario (performance)
  • solo flight vuelo (m) en solitario
3. en solitario
  • to go solo iniciar una carrera en solitario; (musician) montar el propio negocio (business partner)
solo [ˈsəʊləʊ]
solos (plural)
1 (Mús) solo (m)
a tenor solo un solo para tenor; a guitar solo un solo de guitarra
2 (Cards) solo (m)
solo flight vuelo (m) a solas; passage for solo violin pasaje (m) para violín solo; solo trip round the world vuelta (f) al mundo en solitario
solo; a solas
to fly solo volar a solas; to sing solo cantar solo
usage note
The adverb "solo" becomes "sólo" when there is the possibility of confusing it with the adjective "solo." As an example, "Tomé un café solo" can be translated as "I drank a black coffee" or "I only drank a coffee." "Tomé un café sólo" can only be translated as "I only drank a coffee."
1. (unaccompanied)
a. alone
Me da miedo estar solo en la oscuridad.It scares me to be alone in the dark.
b. on one's own
¿Prefieres ver películas sola, o con amigos?Do you prefer to watch movies on your own, or with friends?
c. by itself
Quiero la hamburguesa sola, sin pan.I want the burger patty by itself, without a bun.
2. (lonesome)
a. lonely
Me sentía muy sola cuando llegué a Tokio por primera vez.I felt very lonely when I arrived in Tokyo for the first time.
3. (singular)
a. single
Este cuarto tiene un solo clóset, pero tenemos mucha ropa.This room has a single closet, but we have a lot of clothes.
4. (coffee)
a. black
Tomaré un café solo, por favor.I will have a black coffee, please.
5. (simply)
a. only
Solo hay un problema.There is only one problem.
b. just
Solo has lo que te digo. No hagas preguntas.Just do what I tell you. Don't ask questions.
masculine noun
6. (music)
a. solo
El solo de guitarra fue espectacular.The guitar solo was amazing.
solo, -a
1. alone (sin nadie)
  • me gusta estar solo, -a I like being alone o on my own o by myself
  • ¿vives solo, -a? do you live alone o on your own o by yourself?
  • lo hice yo solo, -a I did it on my own o by myself
  • estar más solo, -a que la una (informal figurative) to be all on one's own
  • a solas alone, by oneself
2. lonely (solitario)
  • sentirse solo, -a to feel lonely
3. on its own (sin nada más) ; black (café) ; neat (whisky)
4. single (único)
  • no me han comprado ni un solo, -a regalo they didn't buy me a single present
  • ni una sola gota not a (single) drop
  • dame una sola razón give me one reason
5. very, mere (mero, simple)
  • la sola idea de suspender me deprime the very o mere idea of failing depresses me
masculine noun
6. solo (Mús)
1 (sin compañía) alone; on one's own
pasa los días solo en su cuarto he spends the days alone o on his own in his room; iré solo I'll go alone o on my own; dejar solo a algn to leave sb alone; me quedé solo I was left alone; habla solo he talks to himself; se quedó solo a los siete años he was left an orphan o alone in the world at seven
estar más solo que la una to be all on one's own
es tonto como él solo he's as stupid as they come
lo hace como él solo he does it as no one else can
se queda solo contando mentiras he's as good a liar as you'll find
más vale estar solo que mal acompañado it's better to be on your own than in bad company
2 (solitario) lonely
me siento muy solo I feel very lonely
3 (único)
su sola preocupación es ganar dinero his one o only concern is to make money; con esta sola condición on this one condition; hay una sola dificultad there is only o just one problem; no hubo ni una sola objeción there was not a single objection
4 (sin acompañamiento) [+café, té] black; [+whisky, vodka, ron] straight; neat
tendremos que comer pan solo we shall have to eat plain bread
5 (Música) solo
cantar solo to sing solo
1 (Música) solo
un solo de guitarra a guitar solo; un solo para tenor a tenor solo
2 (café) black coffee
3 (Naipes) solitaire; patience
4 (S. Cone) (lata) tedious conversation
(únicamente) only; (exclusivamente) solely; merely; just
solo quiero verlo I only o just want to see it; es solo un teniente he's only a lieutenant; he's a mere lieutenant; no solo A sino también B not only A but also B; solo con apretar un botón at the touch of a button; me parece bien solo que no tengo tiempo that's fine, only o but I don't have the time; ven aunque solo sea para media hora come even if it's just for half an hour; con solo que sepas tocar algunas notas even if you only know how to play a few notes; solo con que estudies dos horas diarias by studying for as little as two hours a day; tan solo only; just; solo que ... except that ...; viajará sólo un par de días he'll only be away for a couple of days
In the past the standard spelling for this adverb was with an accent ([sólo]). Nowadays the [Real Academia Española] advises that the accented form is only required where there might otherwise be confusion with the adjective [solo].
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