\ 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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But five minutes into the process, a nimble trout announced its own plan and grabbed the bait. Charles Passy, WSJ, "From Tackle Box to Bento Box, New Japanese Spot Casts Different Approach to Dining," 9 Oct. 2018 In some rivers, artfully casting dry flies is the best way to tempt a trout. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Don't mock the angler who catches fish in creative ways," 29 June 2018 Volunteers and department staff, however, will hand out rods, reels, tackle and bait to those who need it and help teach youngsters how to catch trout. Bill Monroe,, "Youngsters' fishing day in Gresham offers tackle and trout," 25 May 2018 Betts built the piece in the mid-1970s as an aspiring young sculptor, using a live trout as a model. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Lake Tahoe feud threatens to topple iconic trout sculpture | The Sacramento Bee," 14 May 2018 Very few places on the planet world would anglers even contemplate catching a trout longer than 30 inches. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Wisconsin's Lake Michigan harbors host world-class ice fishing for trout," 13 Jan. 2018 There are a hundred different ways to dress a trout. Emily Main, Good Housekeeping, "10 Healthiest Fish on the Planet," 25 June 2015 Save Salvo Patria for dinner; expect decadent dishes like smoked trout yucca croquettes and pork ribs marinated in coffee cherry cascara vinegar. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Chapinero Alto, the Williamsburg of Bogotá," 12 Apr. 2019 After a day of exploring the gardens and grounds, Dan turned his foraged greens and fresh trout plucked early that day from the lake into a delicate cocktail hour crudo. Pilar Guzmán, Condé Nast Traveler, "South Africa’s Other Big Five," 20 Dec. 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
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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