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

Examples of coupon in a Sentence

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Some loaded up their cart, guided by the iconic yellow H-E-B coupon books. Noah Alcala Bach, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 10 Apr. 2024 Walmart, with its Every Day Low Prices approach, eschews coupons and rarely discounts anything. Lydia Depillis Lydia Depillis, New York Times, 6 Apr. 2024 Must be a member to participate and signed up by April 3 to receive the coupon for use on April 4. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Apr. 2024 The first 50 players to complete a bingo and return it to the Visit Concord office will receive a coupon for two free Brenden Theater movie tickets and a set of reusable utensils. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 4 Apr. 2024 Check the coupon box on the page for an extra 10% off. PCMAG, 1 Apr. 2024 China’s automakers are piling in to take advantage of Tesla Inc.’s recent price hike and defend against Xiaomi Corp.’s disruptive market entry, offering sweeteners such as subsidies and coupons to lure would-be car buyers. Bloomberg, Fortune Asia, 1 Apr. 2024 Best yet, these programs are available at a lower price without a coupon code through April 2 at 11:59 p.m. Stack Commerce, Popular Science, 27 Mar. 2024 Now through March 25, Amazon is running a 56-percent-off sale on this popular $43 gadget, and with the additional 35 percent on-site coupon, that brings the price down to just $12 in black. Olivia Young, Travel + Leisure, 22 Mar. 2024

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'coupon.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

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

Dictionary Entries Near coupon

Cite this Entry

“Coupon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coupon. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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
Etymology

from French coupon "a part of a bill to be cut off and turned in with payment," from early French coupon "a piece (cut off)," from couper "to cut" — related to cope entry 2, coup

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
Etymology

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

More from Merriam-Webster on coupon

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!