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coupon

[koo-pon, kyoo-]
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noun
  1. a portion of a certificate, ticket, label, advertisement, or the like, set off from the main body by dotted lines or the like to emphasize its separability, entitling the holder to something, as a gift or discount, or for use as an order blank, a contest entry form, etc.
  2. a separate certificate, ticket, etc., for the same purpose.
  3. Finance. one of a number of small detachable certificates calling for periodic interest payments on a bearer bond.Compare coupon bond.
  4. Metallurgy. a sample of metal or metalwork submitted to a customer or testing agency for approval.
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Origin of coupon

1815–25; < French; Old French colpon piece cut off, equivalent to colp(er) to cut (see cope1) + -on noun suffix
Related formscou·pon·less, adjective

Pronunciation note

Coupon, related to cope and coup, is of French origin. It has developed an American pronunciation variant [kyoo-pon] /ˈkyu pɒn/ with an unhistorical y -sound not justified by the spelling. This pronunciation is used by educated speakers and is well-established as perfectly standard, although it is sometimes criticized. Its development may have been encouraged by analogy with words like curious, cupid, and cute, where c is followed by a “long u ” and the [y] /y/ is mandatory.
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Related Words for coupon

card, advertisement, voucher, certificate, token, slip

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British Dictionary definitions for coupon

coupon

noun
    1. a detachable part of a ticket or advertisement entitling the holder to a discount, free gift, etc
    2. a detachable slip usable as a commercial order form
    3. a voucher given away with certain goods, a certain number of which are exchangeable for goods offered by the manufacturers
  1. one of a number of detachable certificates attached to a bond, esp a bearer bond, the surrender of which entitles the bearer to receive interest payments
  2. one of several detachable cards used for making hire-purchase payments
  3. a ticket issued to facilitate rationing
  4. British a detachable entry form for any of certain competitions, esp football pools
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Word Origin for coupon

C19: from French, from Old French colpon piece cut off, from colper to cut, variant of couper; see cope 1
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Word Origin and History for coupon

n.

1822, "certificate of interest due on a bond" (which could be cut from the bond and presented for payment), from French coupon, literally "piece cut off," from couper "to cut," from coup "a blow" (see coup). Meaning widened to "discount ticket" 1860s by British travel agent Thomas Cook. The specific advertising sense is from 1906.

COUPON. A financial term, which, together with the practice, is borrowed from France. In the United States, the certificates of State stocks drawing interest are accompanied by coupons, which are small tickets attached to the certificates. At each term when the interest falls due, one of these coupons is cut off (whence the name); and this being presented to the State treasurer or to a bank designated by him, entitles the holder to receive the interest. [Bartlett]
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