sole

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[sohl]
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adjective


Nearby words

  1. soldiering,
  2. soldierly,
  3. soldiers' home,
  4. soldiery,
  5. soldo,
  6. sole custody,
  7. sole trader,
  8. sole-charge school,
  9. sole-source,
  10. solecism

Origin of sole

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

Related formssole·ness, noun

sole

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[sohl]

noun

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.
Carpentry.
  1. the underside of a plane.
  2. soleplate.
Golf. the part of the head of the club that touches the ground.

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

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

Related formssole·less, adjective

sole

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[sohl]

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

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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

sole

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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 Formssoleness, noun

Word Origin for sole

C14: from Old French soule, from Latin sōlus alone

noun

the underside of the footRelated adjectives: plantar, volar
the underside of a shoe
  1. the bottom of a furrow
  2. the bottom of a plough
the underside of a golf-club head
the bottom of an oven, furnace, etc

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 Formssoleless, adjective

Word Origin for sole

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

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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Word Origin and History for sole
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Medicine definitions for sole

sole

[sōl]

n.

The underside of the foot.

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