\ 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

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In rivers, the trout are far smaller than most expect to see. Tom Stienstra,, "5 spots to river snorkel in California," 20 June 2019 Their recipes for dishes like beef tournedos and stuffed trout, as well as the multi-course format, are chef Chris’ tribute to their mother, Barbara, and her vision for a Colorado mountain town table d’hôte (French for a fixed-price meal). Josie Sexton, The Know, "Put this log cabin restaurant with its six-course dinner on your summer dining bucket list," 19 June 2019 From the coast, anglers continue to score on larger trout on topwaters at dawn around oyster bars, docks and marsh edges on big topwater plugs. Frank Sargeant,, "Friday Fishing Report: Get latest reports on what’s biting," 14 June 2019 Fly anglers scored a few trout on mayflies and woolly buggers. sacbee, "Fishing Line: Week of March 19 | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Mar. 2018 The lake: This private 0.5-acre pond is only available to guests and is perfect for swimming or fishing for trout. Megan Barber, Curbed, "7 serene lake houses you can rent right now," 14 June 2019 Darting from Africa to Australia, the meal began with a trout and Alaskan King crab, prepared by Chef Luke-Dale Roberts, followed by Chef Neil Perry’s seared swordfish. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Daniel Bouloud Hosts a Decadent Dinner in Support of Citymeals on Wheels," 12 Mar. 2019 The room was light with laughter as guests including Amy Astley, Princess Olympia of Greece, and Hilary Rhoda enjoyed fresh trout and filet mignon. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "LoveShackFancy Fêtes Its New Bleecker Street Store With the Dreamiest Dinner," 16 May 2019 There is a mix of responses, mainly to do with the trout and lamb ravioli. Luis Miguel Echegaray,, "Talkin' Top Chef, Episode 10: Spooky Setting Brings the Nightmare Dessert Out of Each Chef," 8 Feb. 2018

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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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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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