\ ˈsōl How to pronounce sole (audio) \

Definition of sole

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : being the only one she was her mother's sole support
b : having no sharer
2 : functioning independently and without assistance or interference let conscience be the sole judge
3 : belonging exclusively or otherwise limited to one usually specified individual, unit, or group
4 : not married used chiefly of women
5 archaic : having no companion : solitary

Definition of sole (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : the undersurface of a foot
b : the part of an item of footwear on which the sole rests and upon which the wearer treads
2 : the usually flat or flattened bottom or lower part of something or the base on which something rests

sole

verb
soled; soling

Definition of sole (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

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

Definition of sole (Entry 4 of 4)

: 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 (such as the European Dover sole) also : any of various mostly market flatfishes (such as lemon sole) of other families (such as Pleuronectidae)

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Other Words from sole

Adjective

soleness \ ˈsōl-​nəs How to pronounce soleness (audio) \ noun

Noun (1)

soled \ ˈsōld How to pronounce soled (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for sole

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of sole in a Sentence

Adjective He became the sole heir to the property. The sole aim of the program is to help the poor. She was the sole survivor of the tragedy. Icy roads were the sole cause of the accident. He has sole jurisdiction of the area. Verb My shoes need to be soled.
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First Known Use of sole

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sole

Adjective

Middle English, alone, from Anglo-French sul, soul, seul, from Latin solus

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French sole, soele, from Latin solea sandal; akin to Latin solum base, ground, soil

Noun (2)

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin solea sandal, a flatfish

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The first known use of sole was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sole. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sole

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: only or single
: belonging only to the person or group specified

sole

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sole (Entry 2 of 2)

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

sole

noun
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Kids Definition of sole

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : the bottom of the foot
2 : the bottom of a shoe, slipper, or boot

sole

verb
soled; soling

Kids Definition of sole (Entry 2 of 4)

: to put a new sole on sole shoes

sole

noun

Kids Definition of sole (Entry 3 of 4)

: a flatfish that has a small mouth and small eyes set close together and is often used for food

Kids Definition of sole (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : single entry 1 sense 1, only the sole heir
2 : limited or belonging only to the person or group mentioned The coach had sole authority over the team.

sole

noun
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Medical Definition of sole

1 : the undersurface of a foot
2 : 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

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Legal Definition of sole

: belonging exclusively or otherwise limited to one usually specified individual, unit, or group

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