- (formerly) either of two bronze coins of France, equal to 5 centimes and 10 centimes.
Origin of sou
Examples from the Web for sou
Historical Examples of sou
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
A sou was so little and so easy to give, and there was also something so touching about the idea.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
But the peasant is not lavish, and, for whole weeks, he did not bring back a sou.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
But if you've never saved a sou, you had to do what other folks did and do without.L'Assommoir
It should be mentioned that he had not asked for one sou of dowry.The Fortune of the Rougons
- a former French coin of low denomination
- a very small amount of moneyI haven't a sou to my name
Word Origin 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).