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

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • The monkey, putting the sou in his mouth, swallowed it, and grinned.

    A Book Without A Title George Jean Nathan
  • 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
  • Pango, Pedro, and the two sou'wegians only wanted a big drunk.

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
  • About tin years back I was crew to a sou' Boston market-boat.

    "Captains Courageous" Rudyard Kipling
  • As in the Rue Jessaint a sou is demanded in the middle of each dance.

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
  • Immediately on receiving Alie's message he came aft, and, having touched his sou'wester, waited for her to speak.

  • The wind had got into the sou' west, too—a delicious air, sappy!

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • A large bow window overlooks the park under a sou'-westerly sky.

  • 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
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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