Definition of solute in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsɒljuːt//sɒˈljuːt/


  • The minor component in a solution, dissolved in the solvent.

    • ‘In most cases, the higher the temperature the more solute will dissolve in the solvent.’
    • ‘The solute is placed in the solvent and the concentrated solute slowly breaks into pieces.’
    • ‘In aqueous solutions, water is the solvent and all dissolved substances are solutes.’
    • ‘Solubility can be affected by such processes as hydrogen bonding between the solute and solvent.’
    • ‘Osmotic pressure measurements have been used for solutes of high molecular weight.’


Late 19th century: from Latin solutum, neuter of solutus ‘loosened’, past participle of the verb solvere.