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What’s the Plural of Trout?

Just like salmon, tuna and cod, trout stays the same in both the singular and plural case.



What’s the plural of “trout”?

Not all fish are alike, but grammatically speaking they swim similar strokes. Like salmon, tuna and the word ‘fish‘ itself, trout is the same in both its singular and plural noun forms.


This means that whether you refer to them as a singular or plural, you’re safe using trout, sanss (sans means “without” in French).


If the word trouts with an s is used, this could be because numerous types of trouts are being mentioned (e.g., different trout species or subspecies, like a Brook trout or a Golden trout). When we refer to multiple types of things within the same group or category, its acceptable to use an s at the end (as a general rule of thumb).

Is trout singular or plural?

Trout shows no change between its singular and plural noun forms. Trout is trout for both singular and plural forms, but sometimes you’ll see trouts being used in cases where several species of trouts might be referenced.

What are trout? What’s the definition of trout?

Merriam-Webster define trout as:

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.

Whatever that means!

Nouns that stay the same for singular and plural

Similar to trout, these other nouns show no change between the singular and plural cases:


singularplural
trouttrout
moosemoose
fishfish (sometimes fishes)
elkelk
deerdeer
bison bison (or bisons)

Examples of trout used in context

1. Not the merest hint of a trout pout.  (The Sun, 2011)

2. There is no evidence of the condition in wild trout or farmed salmon or trout. Times, Sunday Times (2008)

3. But they go really well in a smoked trout salad. The Sun, (2013)

4. In summer wildflowers dusted the meadows and we fished for trout in the little streams and the pond. (Aidan Hartley, THE ZANZIBAR CHEST: A Memo.)

5. The brown trout was going about his business.

Origin of the word trout

From etymonline on trout:

“Old English truht “trout,” in part from Old French truite, both from Late Latin tructa, perhaps from Greek troktes “a kind of sea fish,” literally “nibbler”.

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Sources

  1. Origin of trout.
  2. Trout sentence examples.
  3. Definition of trout.


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