\ 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 Some of the America’s finest trout streams are tucked beneath steep hillsides in idyllic, narrow valleys. Jay Jones, Chicago Tribune, 11 Aug. 2022 The magic window starts slowly as trout begin to feed on hatching insects, dimples pockmark the surface as if light rain is falling. Chris Dorsey, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 Sanchez and Fausto have tossed around the idea of adding a whole grilled trout or other main to the Paradise menu. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 2 Aug. 2022 Anglers in other parts of the country may also prefer to target trout or saltwater fish. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 Rainbow trout were stocked more than any other species. Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 July 2022 If a rushing river is more your style, there’s quite a few great spots in the state to catch some trout or bass or other varieties of fish. Kaitlyn Keegan, Hartford Courant, 22 July 2022 California must euthanize 350,000 trout after a bacteria outbreak. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2022 Nearly 350,000 rainbow trout must be euthanized as California wildlife officials battle bacteria outbreaks at two fish hatcheries in the eastern Sierra. CBS News, 21 June 2022 See More

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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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“Trout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for trout


\ 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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