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  1. the bottom or under surface of the foot.
  2. the corresponding under part of a shoe, boot, or the like, or this part exclusive of the heel.
  3. the bottom, under surface, or lower part of anything.
  4. Carpentry.
    1. the underside of a plane.
    2. soleplate.
  5. Golf. the part of the head of the club that touches the ground.
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verb (used with object), soled, sol·ing.
  1. to furnish with a sole, as a shoe.
  2. Golf. to place the sole of (a club) on the ground, as in preparation for a stroke.
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Origin of sole

1275–1325; Middle English (noun) < Old French < Latin solea sandal, sole, derivative of solum base, bottom
Related formssole·less, adjective
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Examples from the Web for soled

Historical Examples of soled

  • My boots were soled with india-rubber and I made no sound at all.

    The Air Pirate

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • These were a pair familiar to me, of orange-dyed canvas, soled with rope.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

  • She soled three pairs of moccasins for me, as skilfully as an Indian.

  • I thought they would have choaked themselves struggling with cheese that would have soled a shoe.

  • His own are reduced to uppers and half a heel apiece, but he hopes to get them soled in Ivanhoe while he waits.


    E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung

British Dictionary definitions for soled


  1. (prenominal) being the only one; only
  2. (prenominal) of or relating to one individual or group and no othersole rights on a patent
  3. law having no wife or husbandSee also feme sole
  4. an archaic word for solitary
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Derived Formssoleness, noun

Word Origin for sole

C14: from Old French soule, from Latin sōlus alone


  1. the underside of the footRelated adjectives: plantar, volar
  2. the underside of a shoe
    1. the bottom of a furrow
    2. the bottom of a plough
  3. the underside of a golf-club head
  4. the bottom of an oven, furnace, etc
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verb (tr)
  1. to provide (a shoe) with a sole
  2. golf to rest (the club) on the ground, as when preparing to make a stroke
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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
  1. any tongue-shaped flatfish of the family Soleidae, esp Solea solea (European sole): most common in warm seas and highly valued as food fishes
  2. any of certain other similar fishes
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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 soled



"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.

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"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).

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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.

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"furnish (a shoe) with a sole," 1560s, from sole (n.1). Related: Soled; soling.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

soled in Medicine


  1. The underside of the foot.
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