\ ˈsōl How to pronounce sol (audio) \
variants: or less commonly \ ˈsō How to pronounce so (audio) \

Definition of sol

 (Entry 1 of 6)

: the fifth note of the major scale in solfège
\ ˈsäl How to pronounce sol (audio) , ˈsȯl \

Definition of sol (Entry 2 of 6)

: an old French coin equal to 12 deniers also : a corresponding unit of value
\ ˈsäl How to pronounce sol (audio) , ˈsȯl \
plural soles\ ˈsō-​(ˌ)lās How to pronounce soles (audio) \

Definition of sol (Entry 3 of 6)

: the basic monetary unit of Peru from 1930 to 1985 and since 1991 — see Money Table
\ ˈsäl How to pronounce sol (audio) , ˈsȯl \

Definition of sol (Entry 4 of 6)

: a fluid colloidal system especially : one in which the medium is a liquid

Definition of sol (Entry 5 of 6)

soluble
\ ˈsäl How to pronounce Sol (audio) \

Definition of Sol (Entry 6 of 6)

1 : the Roman god of the sun — compare helios
2 : sun

First Known Use of sol

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1583, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1883, in the meaning defined above

Noun (4)

1899, in the meaning defined above

Noun (5)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sol

Noun (1)

Medieval Latin sol; from the syllable sung to this note in a medieval hymn to St. John the Baptist

Noun (2)

Middle French — more at sou

Noun (3)

American Spanish, from Spanish, sun, from Latin

Noun (4)

-sol (as in hydrosol), from solution

Noun (5)

Middle English, from Latin

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“Sol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sol. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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sol

noun
\ ˈsōl How to pronounce sol (audio) \

Kids Definition of sol

: the fifth note of the musical scale

sol

noun
\ ˈsäl How to pronounce sol (audio) , ˈsȯl How to pronounce sol (audio) \

Medical Definition of sol

: a fluid colloidal system especially : one in which the dispersion medium is a liquid

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