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coup de foudre

[ kooduh -foo-druh ]
/ kudə ˈfu drə /
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noun, plural coups de fou·dre [kooduh -foo-druh]. /kudə ˈfu drə/. French.
love at first sight.
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Origin of coup de foudre

First recorded in 1770–80; from French: literally “bolt of lightning”
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British Dictionary definitions for coup de foudre

coup de foudre
/ French (ku də fudrə) /

noun plural coups de foudre (ku də fudrə)
a sudden and amazing action or event

Word Origin for coup de foudre

literally: lightning flash
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