- any salmonid; esp., any of various food and game fishes that are usually speckled and found chiefly in fresh water, as the brown trout, rainbow trout, brook trout, and lake trout
- any of several other troutlike fishes
Origin of troutMiddle English troute ; from Old English truht ; from Late Latin tructus, tructa ; from Classical Greek tr?kt?s, kind of fish ; from tr?gein, to gnaw: see troglodyte
nounpl. trout or trouts
- Any of various salmonid food and game fishes of the genera Oncorhynchus, Salmo, and Salvelinus, having a streamlined, speckled body and usually inhabiting freshwater streams or lakes. These genera also include the salmons and the chars.
- Any of various similar but unrelated fishes, such as the trout-perch.
Origin of troutMiddle English troute, from Old English tr&umacron;ht, from Late Latin tr&umacron;cta, perhaps from Greek tr&omacron;kt&emacron;s, a kind of sea fish with sharp teeth, from tr&omacron;gein, to gnaw; see ter&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A surname.