Definition of


  1. (noun, animal) right-eyed flatfish; many are valued as food; most common in warm seas especially European
  2. (noun, artifact) the underside of footwear or a golf club
  3. (noun, body) the underside of the foot
  4. (noun, food) lean flesh of any of several flatfish
  5. (verb, change) put a new sole on
  6. (adj, all) not divided or shared with others
    sole rights of publication
  7. (adj, all) being the only one; single and isolated from others
    a lonesome pine
    an only child
    the sole heir
    the sole example
    a solitary instance of cowardice
    a solitary speck in the sky

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Sole

  1. "bottom of the foot," early 14c., from O.Fr. sole, from L. solea "sandal, bottom of a shoe," from solum "bottom, ground, soil," of unknown origin. The verb meaning "to provide with a sole" is recorded from 1560s. more
  2. "single," late 14c., from O.Fr. soul (fem. soule), from L. solus "alone," of unknown origin, perhaps related to se "oneself," from PIE reflexive base *swo- (see so). Adv. solely is attested from 1495. more
  3. "flatfish," 1252, from O.Fr. sole, from L. solea "a kind of flatfish," originally "sandal" (see sole (n.1)), so called from resemblance of the fish to a sandal. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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