\ ˈtrau̇t How to pronounce trout (audio) \
plural trout also trouts

Definition of trout

1 : any of various salmonid food and sport fishes that are mostly smaller than the typical salmons and are anadromous or restricted to cool clear fresh water:
a : any of various Old or New World fishes (genera Salmo and Oncorhynchus) — compare brown trout, rainbow trout
2 : any of various fishes (such as the largemouth bass) held to resemble the true trouts

Examples of trout in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the inside, creeks feeding into the ICW and residential docks hold keeper-size trout and reds—a live shrimp under a popping cork is the best bet but a DOA Shrimp or a Vudu Shrimp also does the job; Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report," 19 June 2020 The Panther Martin name is well known by trout anglers, but WeedRunner inline spinner was designed specifically for bass. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "How to Fish for Bass Like a Pro: Spinnerbait Tips from Kevin VanDam," 16 June 2020 At Montauk, trout are cleaned streamside and the heads and entrails flung back into the water. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "Ozark Mountain Fishing Adventure," 9 June 2020 From the coast, anglers wading the islands and the beaches at dawn continue to connect with large trout on topwater lures and on the Slick Lure soft plastic. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report," 19 June 2020 Rainbow trout are a cold water species, released from late fall through spring in ponds, lakes and some streams. cleveland, "Catfishing a treat for local kids: Northeast Ohio fishing report for Thursday, June 19," 18 June 2020 In the East Bay hills, San Pablo and Lafayette reservoirs reopened for trout fishing, though no boat rentals are available. Tom Stienstra,, "Sutro Baths, more parks reopen around Bay Area today," 15 June 2020 Williams Creek Reservoir is 25 miles from Pagosa Springs and has kokanee salmon in addition to trout. Matt Wyatt,, "Pagosa Springs: Gateway to San Juan Mountains and base camp for anglers," 6 June 2020 Rainbow trout were introduced early on and have been holding strong, growing to enormous size and making up an abundant population. Bob Semerau, Outdoor Life, "Take an Overland Adventure to These Five Fishing Destinations," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of trout

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for trout

Middle English, from Old English trūht, from Late Latin trocta, tructa, a fish with sharp teeth, from Greek trōktēs, literally, gnawer, from trōgein to gnaw — more at troglodyte

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The first known use of trout was before the 12th century

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7 Jul 2020

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“Trout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of trout

: a common fish that lives in rivers and lakes and is often used as food
British, informal : an unpleasant old woman


\ ˈtrau̇t How to pronounce trout (audio) \
plural trout

Kids Definition of trout

: a freshwater fish related to the salmon that is often caught for food or sport

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