Meaning of SOS in English:

SOS

Pronunciation /ɛsəʊˈɛs/

Translate SOS into Spanish

nounSOSs

  • 1An international code signal of extreme distress, used especially by ships at sea.

    • ‘they put out an SOS that they were on fire’
    1. 1.1An urgent appeal for help.
      • ‘I'd thought of phoning a desperate SOS to James’
    2. 1.2British A message broadcast in an emergency in an attempt to contact a person whose whereabouts are not known.
      • ‘here is an SOS message for Mr Arthur Brown about his brother, who is dangerously ill’

abbreviation

  • Somalian shilling(s).

Origin

Early 20th century letters chosen as being easily transmitted and recognized in Morse code; by folk etymology an abbreviation of save our souls.