coup de foudre

[ kooduh foo-druh ]
/ kudə ˈfu drə /

noun, plural coups de fou·dre [kooduh foo-druh] /kudə ˈfu drə/. French.

a thunderbolt.
love at first sight. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for coup de foudre

  • Was he a man for a coup-de-foudre, the lightning stroke of love?

    Chance|Joseph Conrad

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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Word Origin and History for coup de foudre

coup de foudre


1779, from French coup de foudre, literally "stroke of lightning," also "love at first sight" (see coup).

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