beau·​coup ˈbō-(ˌ)kü How to pronounce beaucoup (audio)
: great in quantity or amount : many, much
spent beaucoup dollars

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 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

Word History



First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beaucoup was in 1862


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Cite this Entry

“Beaucoup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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