coup de foudre

coup de fou·​dre | \ ¦küdə¦füdr(ᵊ), -d(rə) \
plural coups de foudre\ " \

Definition of coup de foudre

: an astonishing occurrence especially : overwhelming love at first sight

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History and Etymology for coup de foudre

French, literally, clap of thunder

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“Coup de foudre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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