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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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Examples from the Web for sou
Historical Examples
  • 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
  • A sou was so little and so easy to give, and there was also something so touching about the idea.

  • But the peasant is not lavish, and, for whole weeks, he did not bring back a sou.

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

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • But if you've never saved a sou, you had to do what other folks did and do without.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • For years past she had not returned the Goujets a sou of their money.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • It should be mentioned that he had not asked for one sou of dowry.

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

  • Besides, this proposal of Alfred's came just in time: I had not a sou to my name!

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • Let him go and find carrots at a sou the bunch elsewhere, tipsy scoundrel that he is!

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).

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