noun \ˈsōl\

Definition of SOLE

:  any of various flatfishes (family Soleidae) having a small mouth, small or rudimentary fins, and small eyes placed close together and including important food fishes (as the European Dover sole); also :  any of various mostly market flatfishes (as lemon sole) of other families (as Pleuronectidae)

Origin of SOLE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin solea sandal, a flatfish
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Fishes Terms

char, chum, ichthyology, smelt, tetra, turbot



Definition of SOLE

a :  the undersurface of a foot
b :  the part of an item of footwear on which the sole rests and upon which the wearer treads
:  the usually flat or flattened bottom or lower part of something or the base on which something rests
soled \ˈsōld\ adjective

Origin of SOLE

Middle English, from Anglo-French sole, soele, from Latin solea sandal; akin to Latin solum base, ground, soil
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral


transitive verb

: to put a new sole on (a shoe, boot, etc.)


Full Definition of SOLE

:  to furnish with a sole <sole a shoe>
:  to place the sole of (a golf club) on the ground

Examples of SOLE

  1. My shoes need to be soled.

First Known Use of SOLE

circa 1570

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator



: only or single

: belonging only to the person or group specified

Full Definition of SOLE

:  not married —used chiefly of women
archaic :  having no companion :  solitary
a :  having no sharer
b :  being the only one <she was her mother's sole support>
:  functioning independently and without assistance or interference <let conscience be the sole judge>
:  belonging exclusively or otherwise limited to one usually specified individual, unit, or group
sole·ness \ˈsōl-nəs\ noun

Examples of SOLE

  1. He became the sole heir to the property.
  2. The sole aim of the program is to help the poor.
  3. She was the sole survivor of the tragedy.
  4. Icy roads were the sole cause of the accident.
  5. He has sole jurisdiction of the area.

Origin of SOLE

Middle English, alone, from Anglo-French sul, soul, seul, from Latin solus
First Known Use: 14th century


noun \ˈsōl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SOLE

:  the undersurface of a foot
:  the somewhat concave plate of moderately dense horn that covers the lower surface of the coffin bone of the horse, partly surrounds the frog, and is bounded externally by the wall

Illustration of SOLE

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