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1911 encyclopedia

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From LoveToKnow 1911

SOU (0. Fr. sol, Lat, solidus, sc. nummus), the name of the bronze 5-centime French coin, corresponding to the English "halfpenny." It is still colloquially used in France in reckoning, and the franc, 2 and 5-franc pieces are known as piece de vingt, quarante and cent sous respectively. The solidus was originally a gold coin, first struck c. A.D. 312 by Constantine to take the place of the aureus. In the Eastern Empire this gold coin was the standard down to 1453, and, as the "bezant," circulated from Portugal to the Indies. In the West after Pippin gold coinage ceased and the solidus in silver became the standard, one pound of silver making 22 sols (solidi) and 264 deniers (denarii). Under Charlemagne one pound of silver =20 sols = 240 deniers. The livre (libra), the sol and the denier formed the universal money of account throughout France until the Revolution; and they have left their mark on the English money symbols £ s. d., for pounds, shillings and pence.


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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010
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Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also sōu, sǒu, and sòu

Contents

English

Noun

sou

  1. An old French copper coin.

Anagrams


Catalan

Verb

(vosaltres) sou (second-person plural present indicative form of ser)

  1. you are

French

Etymology

Latin solidus

Pronunciation

Homophones

Noun

sou m. (plural sous)

  1. penny
  2. (money) cent

See also


Mandarin

Pinyin syllable

sou

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of three tones, sōu, sǒu, or sòu.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.


Portuguese

Pronunciation

Verb form

sou

  1. first-person singular present of ser

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