coup de foudre

[ koo duh-foo-druh ]

noun,plural coups de fou·dre [koo duh-foo-druh]. /ku dəˈfu drə/. French.
  1. love at first sight.

Origin of coup de foudre

First recorded in 1770–80; from French: literally “bolt of lightning”

Words Nearby coup de foudre Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use coup de foudre in a sentence

  • He had done the same thing a hundred times before; but this, he told himself, was the coup de foudre—the thunderbolt.

  • It was le coup de foudre of a French writer on the affections—M. Stendhal.

    In the Wrong Paradise | Andrew Lang
  • When a thing like this happens—a genuine coup-de-foudre—a man is only a fool who doesn't face it and admit it at once.

    The Twelfth Hour | Ada Leverson
  • But I happen to know its a love match: love at first sight; a regular coup de foudre.

    Christmas Roses and Other Stories | Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • 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) /

nounplural coups de foudre (ku də fudrə)
  1. a sudden and amazing action or event

Origin of coup de foudre

literally: lightning flash

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