Definition of coupon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈk(y)o͞oˌpän/


1A voucher entitling the holder to a discount for a particular product.
Example sentences
  • The current rates are $5 per day, $28 per week and a reduced fee if the customer uses available discount coupons.
  • The lesson in all this: Beware those $20 discount coupons and free flights.
  • Besides the trophy, the winning team walked away with attractive goodies, gift and discount coupons sponsored by various organisations.
voucher, token, ticket
informal comp, rain check
1.1A detachable portion of a bond that is given up in return for a payment of interest.
Example sentences
  • Bond certificates used to have paper interest coupons attached.
  • It is the coupon that will be detached and referred to, and that is where you want your claim.
2A form in a newspaper or magazine that may be filled in and sent as an application for a purchase or information.
Example sentences
  • In magazines or newspapers, coupons may be a part of an advert, as we see in Advert 12.3.
  • We hope readers everywhere - not just in the areas affected - will sign and send the petition coupons back to us.
  • We are backing the appeal, and we include a coupon in the newspaper so readers can send donations or pledge their support.
form, tear-off card


[no object] (usually as noun couponing) chiefly US
1(Of a business) issue or distribute coupons or vouchers offering discounts on particular goods or services: the company announced plans to reduce its couponing and just cut prices instead
More example sentences
  • This type of checkout couponing offers the ability to target consumers much more tightly.
  • For mouthwash and detergent, online couponing makes sense, but the interactive possibilities are limited.
  • Through mixed-media promotion and couponing, the product holds the No.1 market share, with the average weekly unit sales goal exceeded by 10 percent.
1.1(Of a consumer) collect and use coupons or vouchers offering discounts on goods or services: couponing has dropped their monthly grocery budget by upwards of $1,100 per month since she’d only been couponing for a few weeks, she didn’t have much of a grocery stockpile built up
More example sentences
  • I've started taking couponing seriously.
  • Can an extreme couponing craze be behind this recent rise in newspaper thefts?
  • I admit to taking my couponing overboard on occasion but the space limitations of my home prevail.



Example sentences
  • Extreme couponers spend hours on web forums researching deals, then use vouchers with bulk-purchase to maximise savings.
  • If you want to meet other couponers locally, start a group.
  • Rather than buying a useful collection of items, the couponers buy a nearly unlimited supply of whatever is on sale.


Early 19th century (denoting a detachable portion of a bond to be given up in return for payment of interest): from French, literally 'piece cut off', from couper 'cut', from Old French colper (see cope1).

  • Our word coupon is borrowed from the French word meaning ‘a piece cut off’, from couper ‘to cut’. In early use a coupon was a detachable portion of a stock certificate which you handed over in return for a payment of interest. It came to be applied to any ticket or voucher that entitles you to something or that you can exchange for goods or cash.

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Syllabification: cou·pon

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