\ 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 Extensive trout stocking will occur in various local ponds, lakes and reservoirs. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, 29 May 2021 Wide Hollow Reservoir, Garfield County: Increased daily limit to eight trout. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 May 2021 Heaven was experiencing his father’s joy at seeing his son land a big trout. Bill Heavey, WSJ, 26 May 2021 The importance of the Sipsey Fork trout fishery to the economy in the Walker County area was highlighted by Paul Kennedy, one of the people who spoke to the Board during public testimony. Frank Sargeant, al, 19 May 2021 Continue southwest past Ruedi Reservoir to hook trophy trout in the Fryingpan River before passing through the towns of Basalt and Carbondale to Marble. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, 17 May 2021 The losing dish is from Nelson and Gabriel, who made crispy-skin steelhead trout with antelope and chanterelles. Vulture, 14 May 2021 Recent big trout catches have attracted local attention, and the lake is one of the better all-around fishing lakes in the region. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 May 2021 Even into his 90s, Mr. Perkins still trundled down to the Battenkill on summer evenings — with a rod and a cocktail — to cast for trout as the sun went down. New York Times, 15 May 2021

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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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2 Jun 2021

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“Trout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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