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sole

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[ sohl ]
/ soʊl /
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adjective

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Origin of sole

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English sol(e), soul(e) “unmarried, single, alone,” from Old French sol, sol(e), sul, from Latin sōlus “alone, on one's own, lonely”
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

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First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English (noun) sole, sol(le), from Old French sole, sol(le), soul, from Vulgar Latin, Medieval Latin sola, from Latin solea “plain sandal (fastened with thongs); sole (fish); foundation (timber),” derivative of solum “base, floor, bottom”
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

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First recorded in 1250–1300; see origin at sole2
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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
soleness, noun
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
soleless, adjective
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
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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