coupon

noun

1
: a statement of due interest to be cut from a bearer bond when payable and presented for payment
also : the interest rate of a coupon
2
: a small piece of paper that allows one to get a service or product for free or at a lower price: such as
a
: one of a series of attached tickets or certificates often to be detached and presented as needed
b
: a ticket or form authorizing purchases of rationed commodities
c
: a certificate or similar evidence of a purchase redeemable in premiums
d
: a part of a printed advertisement to be cut off to use as an order blank or inquiry form or to obtain a discount on merchandise or services

Example Sentences

Bring in this coupon for a free oil change. I'm always clipping coupons from the newspaper to use at the grocery store. The coupon is good for one free ice-cream cone. Send in this coupon for more information.
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Word History

Etymology

French, from Old French, piece, from couper to cut — more at cope entry 1

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of coupon was in 1822

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Cite this Entry

“Coupon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coupon. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

coupon

noun
cou·​pon ˈk(y)ü-ˌpän How to pronounce coupon (audio)
1
: a statement of due interest to be cut from a bond and presented for payment on a stated date
2
a
: one of a series of tickets to be detached and presented as needed
b
: a ticket or form allowing the bearer to purchase rationed articles
c
: a certificate or other evidence of a purchase that may be exchanged for premiums
d
: a part of an advertisement to be cut off to use as an order blank or inquiry form or to obtain a discount on the price of something

Legal Definition

coupon

noun
: a statement of due interest to be cut from a debt instrument and especially a bearer bond when payable and presented for payment
also : the interest rate of a coupon

History and Etymology for coupon

French, from Old French, piece, from couper to cut

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