Dover sole


: a common European sole (Solea solea) esteemed as a food fish
: a flatfish (Microstomus pacificus of the family Ploeronectidae) of the Pacific coast of North America that is a commercially important food fish

Examples of Dover sole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last summer, The Golden Swan opened in the former Spotted Pig space, and their kitchen serves tuna carpaccio, Dover sole, and steak frites until midnight on weekends. Caroline Hatchett, Robb Report, 3 May 2024 But the giant seafood towers, warm Parker House rolls, spicy miso lobster, and whole roasted Dover sole add to the appeal. Ari Bendersky, Peoplemag, 15 Apr. 2024 Examples include flounder and black bass from Long Island, branzino and dorado from Greece, Dover sole from Dover in England and scallops from Maine. Shivani Vora, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 The room filled with laughter and swapped gossip over plates of aged toma-hawk, Dover sole, and Limone pasta topped with caviar. Ian Malone, Vogue, 8 Dec. 2023 According to a post on Instagram from Minetta Tavern's owner, restauranteur Keith McNally, Swift had visited the establishment with musician Phoebe Bridgers and enjoyed dishes including Dover sole, scallops and oysters. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 6 Nov. 2023 That translates into a large menu with classic dishes like escargots, octopus carpaccio, bouillabaisse, and Dover sole à la Meunière. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 25 Sep. 2023 After the impromptu and almost believable skit, guests were treated to a decadent menu of artichoke hearts, abundant caviar, and a choice between Dover sole and a fillet of beef. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, 18 Sep. 2023 On the ship, watch performances from the Royal Shakespeare Company and indulge in dishes like croquettes of suckling pig and Dover sole meunière. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 26 July 2023

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Word History


probably from Dover, England

First Known Use

circa 1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Dover sole was circa 1911

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“Dover sole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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