- 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.
- a separate certificate, ticket, etc., for the same purpose.
- Finance. one of a number of small detachable certificates calling for periodic interest payments on a bearer bond.Compare coupon bond.
- Metallurgy. a sample of metal or metalwork submitted to a customer or testing agency for approval.
Origin of coupon
Examples from the Web for coupon
And tipped on the value of the coupon, enraging watiers and masseuses.Groupon Fires its CEO
February 28, 2013
All three companies lost money the month they offered the coupon and will have difficulty earning it back.Why Groupon and Living Social Are Doomed
November 30, 2012
Coupon gifting, though, has become the true art form of this holiday season.Holiday Coupon Generosity: A Christmas Miracle
December 25, 2010
Read: everyone, not just her audience members, but anyone who could download a coupon from her website to redeem at KFC.Oprah’s 5 Best Favorite Things Episodes
The Daily Beast Video
November 19, 2010
I grew up in a coupon clipping, thrift store-shopping household.Aloe Toilet Paper and Other Corners You Shouldn't Cut
October 20, 2008
Do you expect me to think that a coupon clipper could have done that?In the Orbit of Saturn
Roman Frederick Starzl
"Give me change;" and he proffered a "coupon" for fifty thousand francs.
It's been comin' his way ever since he was big enough to clip a coupon.Shorty McCabe
John looked eagerly at the coupon which had been handed him at the door.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
He took the coupon out of his purse to show to his new friend.The Forged Coupon and Other Stories
- a detachable part of a ticket or advertisement entitling the holder to a discount, free gift, etc
- a detachable slip usable as a commercial order form
- a voucher given away with certain goods, a certain number of which are exchangeable for goods offered by the manufacturers
- 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
- one of several detachable cards used for making hire-purchase payments
- a ticket issued to facilitate rationing
- British a detachable entry form for any of certain competitions, esp football pools
Word Origin and History for coupon
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]