coup de foudre

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

a thunderbolt.
love at first sight.

Nearby words

  1. coup,
  2. coup d'essai,
  3. coup d'etat,
  4. coup d'oeil,
  5. coup d'état,
  6. coup de grace,
  7. coup de grâce,
  8. coup de main,
  9. coup de maître,
  10. coup de poing

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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

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

n.

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

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