from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Music The fifth tone of the diatonic scale in solfeggio.
  • n. An old French coin worth 12 deniers.
  • n. See Table at currency.
  • n. A colloidal solution.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The fifth step in the solfège scale of C (Ut), preceded by fa and followed by la.
  • n. A solar day on Mars (equivalent to 24 hours, 39 minutes, 35 seconds).
  • n. Gold.
  • n. A Spanish-American gold or silver coin, now the main currency unit of Peru (also new sol), or a coin of this value.
  • n. A type of colloid in which a solid is dispersed in a liquid.
  • n. An old French coin consisting of 12 deniers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The sun.
  • n. Gold; -- so called from its brilliancy, color, and value.
  • n. A syllable applied in solmization to the note G, or to the fifth tone of any diatonic scale.
  • n. The tone itself.
  • n. A sou.
  • n. A silver and gold coin of Peru. The silver sol is the unit of value, and is worth about 68 cents.
  • n. A fluid mixture of a colloid and a liquid; a liquid colloidal solution or suspension.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The sun. See Phœbus.
  • n. In heraldry, a tincture, the metal or, or gold, in blazoning by planets, as in the arms of sovereigns. See blazon, n., 2.
  • n. In alchemy, gold.
  • n. An old French coin, the twentieth part of the livre, and equivalent to twelve deniers. At the revolution it was superseded by the sou.
  • n. A current silver coin of Peru, of the same weight and fineness as the French 5-franc piece. Gold pieces of 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 sols are also struck. Also sole.
  • n. In solmization, the syllable used for the fifth tone of the scale, or dominant. In the scale of C this tone is G, which is therefore called sol in France, Italy, etc.
  • n. An abbreviation of solution.
  • n. An abbreviation of Solicitor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a colloid that has a continuous liquid phase in which a solid is suspended in a liquid
  • n. (Roman mythology) ancient Roman god; personification of the sun; counterpart of Greek Helios
  • n. the syllable naming the fifth (dominant) note of any musical scale in solmization


Middle English, from Medieval Latin; see gamut.
French, from Old French, from Late Latin solidus, solidus; see solidus.
Spanish, sun (from the drawing on the coin), from Latin sōl, sun.
From solution.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin solve in the hymn for St. John the Baptist all note names were take from. (Wiktionary)
From Latin sol ("sun") (Wiktionary)
From Spanish sol ("sun"), itself from Latin sol ("sun") (Wiktionary)
An abbreviation of solution (Wiktionary)
From Old French sol, from Latin solidus (Wiktionary)


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