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[soo] /su/
(formerly) either of two bronze coins of France, equal to 5 centimes and 10 centimes.
sol2 .
Origin of sou
1810-20; < French; Old French sol sol2


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Historical Examples
  • In the heavy battery of a sou'west gale, the boats drove apart.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • He had not a sou of money for his passage, as he had not even been able to pay for an emigrant's ticket.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • And old Quiller, the fisherman, removed his sou'wester from his snowy head and peered at the visitor from under his hand.

    The Odds Ethel M. Dell
  • A sou was so little and so easy to give, and there was also something so touching about the idea.

  • About tin years back I was crew to a sou' Boston market-boat.

    "Captains Courageous" Rudyard Kipling
  • But the peasant is not lavish, and, for whole weeks, he did not bring back a sou.

  • Immediately on receiving Alie's message he came aft, and, having touched his sou'wester, waited for her to speak.

  • She even slipped twenty sou pieces into his waistcoat pocket.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • A large bow window overlooks the park under a sou'-westerly sky.

  • But I can afford to laugh at his mayoralty; it doesn't bring him in a sou!

British Dictionary definitions for sou


a former French coin of low denomination
a very small amount of money: I haven't a sou to my name
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Old French sol, from Latin: solidus
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Word Origin and History for sou

small French coin, 1550s, back-formation from sous, plural of Old French soul, formerly a coin worth one-twentieth of a livre, from Latin solidus (see solidus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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