Definition of coupon in English:


Syllabification: cou·pon
Pronunciation: /ˈk(y)o͞oˌpän


  • 1A voucher entitling the holder to a discount for a particular product.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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 Back to top  
  • 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
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    • The company will only put $5 million into the launch, with most of that going to couponing and a handful of print ads.
    • Cutting price or couponing have been useful tactics, but we really felt that it didn't do anything to build equity and may even erode it.
    • As sales started to slip, the company embarked on heavy couponing promotions.
  • 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
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    • They're all trying to save money however they can - juggling credit cards, couponing, not eating out.
    • Has couponing made us spend more in a given year even though the amount per item was less than normal price?
    • If you enjoy couponing, focus on getting useful freebies, like toothpaste and cleaning products, instead of unhealthy foods.



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  • The amount that couponers have saved per year has steadily grown and shows no sign of stopping.
  • Shannon has agreed to help me become a couponer.
  • Extreme couponers spend hours on web forums researching deals, then use vouchers with bulk-purchase to maximise savings.


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).

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