\ˈtrau̇t \
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

b : char entry 1

2 : any of various fishes (such as the largemouth bass) held to resemble the true trouts

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Middle Deadfall is a pretty lake with great campsites, swimming in cool, clean water, and poor trout fishing. Tom Stienstra,, "Mount Eddy’s ‘reveal moment’ of giant Shasta," 5 July 2018 The property also includes 11 unnamed lakes totaling 12 acres and two Class 1 trout streams. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "DNR adds more land for fishing, hunting and other public uses in $7.2 million deal," 23 May 2018 How about a Talk of the Town department for a town on a trout stream? Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "‘Like Floating Through a Library’: An Interview with Nick Paumgarten," 7 May 2018 Below the dam, trout fishing remains good anytime there's moderate current flow--check flow rates at Riverside Fly Shop on the Route 69 Bridge; Frank Sargeant,, "Friday Fishing Report," 27 Apr. 2018 Lake Erie walleye were being caught on Western Lake Erie's near-shore reefs yesterday and some of the Northeast Ohio steelhead trout streams should be in action this weekend. D'arcy Egan,, "Fishing Report for April 20: Fish biting again despite dingy waters," 20 Apr. 2018 As for the unique property’s grounds, a trout stream runs through it, while a wildlife preserve borders it. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Make this minimalist artist retreat yours for $560K," 11 Apr. 2018 The area is known for having some of the region’s most crystalline trout streams — all fed by the headwaters. Frank Kummer,, "Group buys 500 acres of pristine Lehigh River headwaters, gives it to state," 29 Mar. 2018 In 2012, the state christened the Lefty Kreh Fishing Trail, a seven-mile stretch along a pristine trout stream in Gunpowder Falls State Park, northwest of Baltimore. Mike Klingaman, Washington Post, "Bernard ‘Lefty’ Kreh, renowned fisherman and outdoors writer, dies at 93," 15 Mar. 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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English Language Learners Definition of trout

: a common fish that lives in rivers and lakes and is often used as food

: an unpleasant old woman


\ˈtrau̇t \
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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