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[soh-hoh, soh-hoh] /ˈsoʊ hoʊ, soʊˈhoʊ/
a district in London, England, including Soho Square: a predominantly foreign section since 1685; noted for its restaurants.


[soh-hoh] /ˈsoʊ hoʊ/
a district in New York City, in lower Manhattan, south of Houston Street, where many of the old warehouses and buildings have been converted into studios, galleries, shops, and restaurants.
Also, Soho. Unabridged
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  • Miss Dilldall publicly boasted of the fact that she had smoked a cigarette in a restaurant in Soho!

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • He looked round the restaurant, which was in Soho and decided that she was incomparable.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • I have heard of a house near Leicester fields which appears tolerable, and of another near Soho whose very situation excludes it.

  • Thus generation after generation followed each other at Soho works.

    James Watt Andrew Carnegie
  • "My mother hasn't heard from Mrs. Penn since she left Soho Square," he said.

    A Vanished Hand Sarah Doudney
British Dictionary definitions for Soho


(hunting) an exclamation announcing the sighting of a hare
an exclamation announcing the discovery of something unexpected
Word Origin
an Anglo-French hunting call, probably of exclamatory origin


a district of central London, in the City of Westminster: a foreign quarter since the late 17th century, now chiefly known for restaurants, nightclubs, striptease clubs, etc
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Word Origin and History for Soho

district in New York city, 1969, from "South of Houston Street," but probably also echoing the name of the London neighborhood (famous for vice by early 19c.), which was so called since at least 1630s, originally "So Ho," a hunting cry (c.1300) used in calling from a distant place to alert hounds and other hunters; the West End district was so called from earlier association of this area with hunting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for Soho

soft soap

noun phrase

Flattery; cajolement; sweet-talk: I won her over finally with a lot of soft soap (1830+)


: We had to soft-soap the electorate pretty shabbily (1840+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Soho in Technology

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Related Abbreviations for Soho


South of Houston [Street] (Manhattan neighborhood)


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The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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