beaucoup

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adjective beau·coup \ˈbō-(ˌ)kü\

Definition of beaucoup

slang

  1. :  great in quantity or amount :  many, much spent beaucoup dollars

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Examples of beaucoup in a Sentence

  1. we were able to make beaucoup bucks working overtime at the power plant

Did You Know?

In French, as you may know, beaucoup is an adverb meaning "a lot" or "much" (as in merci beaucoup, meaning "thanks a lot.") Beaucoup isn’t used on its own as an adjective in French; if you want to say "many" in French, you would use the phrase beaucoup de. In other words, you would say beaucoup de livres ("a lot of books"), not beaucoup livres. But French grammar was thrown to the wind when English speakers borrowed this word. Beaucoup has been used as a playful slang adjective in English since at least 1918.

Origin and Etymology of beaucoup

French


First Known Use: circa 1918


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