- being the only one; only: the sole living relative.
- being the only one of the kind; unique; unsurpassed; matchless: the sole brilliance of the gem.
- belonging or pertaining to one individual or group to the exclusion of all others; exclusive: the sole right to the estate.
- functioning automatically or with independent power: the sole authority.
- Chiefly Law. unmarried; not married.
- without company or companions; lonely: the sole splendor of her life.
- Archaic. alone.
Origin of sole1
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- the bottom or under surface of the foot.
- the corresponding under part of a shoe, boot, or the like, or this part exclusive of the heel.
- the bottom, under surface, or lower part of anything.
- the underside of a plane.
- Golf. the part of the head of the club that touches the ground.
- to furnish with a sole, as a shoe.
- Golf. to place the sole of (a club) on the ground, as in preparation for a stroke.
Origin of sole2
- a European flatfish, Solea solea, used for food.
- any other flatfish of the families Soleidae and Cynoglossidae, having a hooklike snout.
Origin of sole3
Examples from the Web for sole
Jourdan Dunn is the first sole black woman to feature on a British ‘Vogue’ cover in 12 years.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem
January 2, 2015
It stands for the proposition that the biological basis of procreation should also be the sole organizing principle of society.Is Pope Francis Backpedaling on Gays?
November 19, 2014
No wonder criminal-justice reform is no longer the sole concern of balladeers and bleeding hearts.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On
November 10, 2014
Well, so much for Obama being the sole culprit for why we think America is on the wrong track.We've Been on the Wrong Track Since 1972
November 7, 2014
A moment ago the drawing-room had seemed empty; Mrs. Luke, in her sole person, filled and illuminated it.The Best-Dressed Way to Say Goodbye
October 21, 2014
It caused them to fight for the sole possession of this Paradise upon Earth.
Through the teaching of Moses he was to become the sole Master of the Jewish race.
"Spoils the hoof to put the knife on the sole, Buck," said the smith.Way of the Lawless
Their sole experience of prayer was connected with the South End Mission.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
His sole business was to take the girl away when the interview should be ended.Within the Law
- the underside of the footRelated adjectives: plantar, volar
- the underside of a shoe
- the bottom of a furrow
- the bottom of a plough
- the underside of a golf-club head
- the bottom of an oven, furnace, etc
- to provide (a shoe) with a sole
- golf to rest (the club) on the ground, as when preparing to make a stroke
- any tongue-shaped flatfish of the family Soleidae, esp Solea solea (European sole): most common in warm seas and highly valued as food fishes
- any of certain other similar fishes
Word Origin and History for sole
"bottom of the foot" ("technically, the planta, corresponding to the palm of the hand," Century Dictionary), early 14c., from Old French sole, from Vulgar Latin *sola, from Latin solea "sandal, bottom of a shoe; a flatfish," from solum "bottom, ground, foundation, lowest point of a thing" (hence "sole of the foot"), of uncertain origin. In English, the meaning "bottom of a shoe or boot" is from late 14c.
"single, alone, having no husband or wife; one and only, singular, unique," late 14c., from Old French soul "only, alone, just," from Latin solus "alone, only, single, sole; forsaken; extraordinary," of unknown origin, perhaps related to se "oneself," from PIE reflexive root *swo- (see so).
common European flatfish, mid-13c., from Old French sole, from Latin solea "a kind of flatfish," originally "sandal" (see sole (n.1)); so called from resemblance of the fish to a flat shoe.
"furnish (a shoe) with a sole," 1560s, from sole (n.1). Related: Soled; soling.
- The underside of the foot.