plural sous ˈsüz How to pronounce sou (audio)
: a 5-centime piece

Examples of sou in a Sentence

I'm not giving you anything. Not a sou.

Word History


French, from Old French sol, from Late Latin solidus solidus

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sou was in 1814

Dictionary Entries Near sou

Cite this Entry

“Sou.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a French bronze coin of the period before 1914 worth 5 centimes

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