(formerly) either of two bronze coins of France, equal to 5 centimes and 10 centimes.

1810–20; < French; Old French sol sol2 Unabridged
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sou (suː)
1.  a former French coin of low denomination
2.  a very small amount of money: I haven't a sou to my name
[C19: from French, from Old French sol, from Latin: solidus]

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Word Origin & History

"small Fr. coin," 1556, back-formation from sous, pl. of O.Fr. soul, formerly a coin worth one-twentieth of a livre, from L. solidus (see solidus).
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Example sentences
As they do not mean to live with their tenants, they do not conciliate them, but wring from them the last sous.
When his outfit was worn out, he replaced the fine linen by calico at fourteen sous the ell.
Also, working as line cook, sous chef or prep cook are great jobs to help you prepare for becoming a chef.
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