Definition of coupon noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkuːpɒn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkuːpɑːn//
    , NAmE//ˈkjuːpɑːn//
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  1. 1a small piece of printed paper that you can exchange for something or that gives you the right to buy something at a cheaper price than normal money-off coupons clothing coupons an international reply coupon
  2. 2a printed form, often cut out from a newspaper, that is used to enter a competition, order goods, etc. Fill in and return the attached coupon.
  3. Word Originearly 19th cent. (denoting a detachable portion of a stock certificate): from French, literally ‘piece cut off’, from couper ‘cut’, from Old French colper, from cop, colp ‘a blow’, via Latin from Greek kolaphos ‘blow with the fist’.Extra examples Cut out and return this coupon to claim your free holiday. New members receive coupons for complimentary services. She had saved enough coupons to get a free flight. They are offering 50%-off coupons. This coupon is valid until 31 January. To enter the competition, fill in the entry coupon on page 6. Contestants were invited to complete an entry coupon.
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