beaucoup

adjective
beau·​coup | \ ˈbō-(ˌ)kü How to pronounce beaucoup (audio) \

Definition of beaucoup

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

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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 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 the 19th century.

Examples of beaucoup in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of beaucoup

1862, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for beaucoup

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“Beaucoup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beaucoup. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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