sole

1
[ sohl ]
/ soʊl /

adjective

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Origin of sole

1
1350–1400; <Latin sōlus alone; replacing Middle English soule alone <Old French sol<Latin sōlus

OTHER WORDS FROM sole

soleness, noun

Definition for sole (2 of 3)

sole2
[ sohl ]
/ soʊl /

noun

verb (used with object), soled, sol·ing.

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 sole

2
1275–1325; Middle English (noun) <Old French <Latin solea sandal, sole, derivative of solum base, bottom

OTHER WORDS FROM sole

soleless, adjective

Definition for sole (3 of 3)

sole3
[ sohl ]
/ soʊl /

noun, plural (especially collectively) sole, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) soles.

a European flatfish, Solea solea, used for food.
any other flatfish of the families Soleidae and Cynoglossidae, having a hooklike snout.

Origin of sole

3
1300–50; Middle English <Middle French <Old Provençal <Vulgar Latin *sola (for Latin solea;see sole2), so called from its flat shape; compare Spanish suela,Italian soglia,Portuguese solha
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British Dictionary definitions for sole (1 of 3)

sole1
/ (səʊl) /

adjective

(prenominal) being the only one; only
(prenominal) of or relating to one individual or group and no othersole rights on a patent
law having no wife or husbandSee also feme sole
an archaic word for solitary

Derived forms of sole

soleness, noun

Word Origin for sole

C14: from Old French soule, from Latin sōlus alone

British Dictionary definitions for sole (2 of 3)

sole2
/ (səʊl) /

noun

verb (tr)

to provide (a shoe) with a sole
golf to rest (the club) on the ground, as when preparing to make a stroke

Derived forms of sole

soleless, adjective

Word Origin for sole

C14: via Old French from Latin solea sandal; probably related to solum the ground

British Dictionary definitions for sole (3 of 3)

sole3
/ (səʊl) /

noun plural sole or soles

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 for sole

C14: via Old French from Vulgar Latin sola (unattested), from Latin solea a sandal (from the fish's shape)
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Medical definitions for sole

sole
[ sōl ]

n.

The underside of the foot.
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