Definition of coupon in English:



  • 1A voucher entitling the holder to a discount off a particular product.

    • ‘The five-year ordinary registered bonds have an annual coupon of 6.125 per cent.’
    • ‘The lesson in all this: Beware those $20 discount coupons and free flights.’
    • ‘Visitors will get a chance to win discount coupons by participating in musical activities and spot contests.’
    • ‘Each booklet includes coupons that entitle the holder to copies of the newspaper for 10p or for 50p.’
    • ‘One of our group is related to the owners of the place, but forgot to bring the discount coupons.’
    • ‘The Japanese government tried a wide range of approaches to revitalize the economy, including consumer discount coupons to encourage spending.’
    • ‘The current rates are $5 per day, $28 per week and a reduced fee if the customer uses available discount coupons.’
    • ‘To encourage children into this habit, there are special discount coupons for students in schools.’
    • ‘If you joined at your favorite event this year, you can use your discount coupons when you come back next year or at any other race on the tour.’
    • ‘Catching a red fish is rewarded with a discount coupon, which is great sport for the kids.’
    • ‘When I just checked out the site I got a pop up window offering me a free book of money off coupons for their products.’
    • ‘More businesses put in their discount coupons in the programme itself.’
    • ‘Middle-to-high-end fashion retailers are offering discount coupons, or free bags or accessories, in addition to half price promotional sales.’
    • ‘Commercials aired on the network would come equipped with their own technology for linking viewers to coupons or brochures for products.’
    • ‘The 80 page Health and Beauty guide, which covers great hints and tips on all subjects, also includes over 500 baht of discount coupons.’
    • ‘Grocery chains, for example, have a welter of special needs, such as deductions for promotions, fees to guarantee the best placement of products on shelves and coupons.’
    • ‘Priced Rs 50 more than the regular prepaid card, it comes with a funky phone pouch besides discount coupons.’
    • ‘Consumers could also get up to US $25 in benefits like calling cards, free air time or discount coupons for phone accessories from the settlement.’
    • ‘Despite ‘customer appreciation days,’ savings cards and a seemingly endless supply of discount coupons, the cost of food remains surprisingly high.’
    • ‘Besides the trophy, the winning team walked away with attractive goodies, gift and discount coupons sponsored by various organisations.’
    voucher, chit, docket, stamp, order, credit note, iou
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    1. 1.1 A detachable ticket entitling the holder to a ration of food, clothes, or other goods, especially in wartime.
      • ‘The colony staff get ration coupons for 1 kg of meat, 250 g of butter and 100 g of margarine.’
      • ‘Food was also in short supply but relatives saved their ration coupons to provide a comparatively lavish reception, complete with a two-tier cake.’
      • ‘Despite being a time of rations and coupons, people made me feel welcome and were very friendly.’
      • ‘Most foods were rationed and what you could buy, even with ration coupons, was not much - about one egg a week per person, for example, almost no meat at all, very little fish.’
      • ‘We were given ration coupons and I just offloaded what I had.’
      • ‘Family and friends clubbed together and donated coupons for food and ingredients.’
      • ‘For the food and clothes rationing everyone had a coupon book - 6 ounces of butter per person per week, 6 ounces of sugar, 2 ounces of tea and a limited ration of meat.’
      • ‘In order to be able to join in, they were required to contribute some precious ration coupons and a tablespoon of sugar.’
      • ‘There they were given an outfit of clothes, a ration book, clothing coupons, pocket money, an English dictionary of simple phrases and what was most important to them - an identity card.’
      • ‘One of my earliest memories is of counting ration coupons with my father.’
      • ‘Taking ration coupons for gas and food down at the general store seemed like the most natural thing in the world.’
      • ‘Petrol, clothing, meat, sugar and other foods were rationed by coupons.’
      • ‘The ration books would have coupons, a certain number for each week.’
      • ‘The boys he was living with sold ration coupons, so food was always available.’
      • ‘Mum rushed around borrowing clothing coupons and ration books.’
      • ‘Buying food depended more on ration coupons and bottles of vodka than rubles.’
      • ‘If I remember, rationing was still on, so we all pooled our coupons and sorted the food.’
      • ‘Prices rose fast from the spring of 1916 despite massive imports; partial rationing was introduced, followed by food coupons in June 1918.’
      • ‘Outside on the pavement, a man is buying ration coupons for sugar, rice and oil from people unwilling to queue for hours.’
      • ‘The only way to ensure fairness would be to issue ration coupons which would provide nostalgic reminiscences for many pensioners.’
      voucher, token, ticket, document, certificate, carnet
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    2. 1.2 A detachable portion of a bond which is given up in return for a payment of interest.
      • ‘Bond certificates used to have paper interest coupons attached.’
      • ‘It is the coupon that will be detached and referred to, and that is where you want your claim.’
    3. 1.3 The nominal rate of interest on a fixed-interest security.
      ‘the stock carries a 10 per cent coupon’
      • ‘The principal was secured with 30-year US treasury bonds with zero coupons.’
      • ‘The price they fetch varies depending on how attractive their coupon looks compared with prevailing interest rates.’
      • ‘In contrast, the regular Treasury bond will pay its coupon rate, which is about 4.4% for a 10-year note.’
      • ‘This increase in the nominal debt level will be offset by reduced debt service payments for some years ahead due to the lower interest coupons on the new bonds.’
      • ‘In terms of [annual] total return, you're looking at 4% - your coupon, and maybe a teeny bit more.’
      • ‘So you either pay the extra amount out in coupon over time, or you pay it now and lower your coupon payments going forward.’
      • ‘Because of the convertible option, the coupon and yield on the bond will usually be lower than the interest rate on a bond of similar maturity that is not convertible: but not always.’
      • ‘The issue had a three-year maturity and carried an annual coupon rate of 4.44 per cent.’
      • ‘This is because the fixed coupon on the bond is paid on the par amount of the bond.’
      • ‘That makes it more valuable than the face value of £1, 000, only a little bit more valuable because there are only two more coupon payments to come, but more valuable all the same.’
      • ‘The legends show the real coupon of the respective bonds, followed by the date of maturity.’
      • ‘The bonds guarantee two coupon payments every six months and the annual interest is 4.75 per cent.’
      • ‘The bonds for $175 million were issued at a face value of $100 with a coupon rate of 2.5 per cent per annum payable every six months.’
      • ‘When you invest in a bond, you are essentially lending money to a company or government for a fixed rate of interest, known as the coupon.’
      • ‘Convertible bonds are cheaper for the company to sell than traditional debt because investors accept lower coupons in return for the option to switch into stocks.’
      • ‘Besides the modest income banks will receive in coupon payments on the bonds, banks have no other source of cash flow.’
      • ‘The redemption rate for coupons can be expected to run between 2 and 5 per cent.’
      • ‘The current yield is the portion generated by coupon payments, which are usually paid twice a year, and, it accounts for most of the yield generated by corporate bonds.’
      • ‘Most of the potential total return will come from coupon income.’
      • ‘That would make coupon rates around 2 to 4 per cent, based on the recent yields of the securitised notes.’
  • 2A form in a newspaper or magazine which may be sent as an application for a purchase or information.

    • ‘To add your support send in the coupon today or call us for a pack of petitions.’
    • ‘They have completed and returned our campaign coupons.’
    • ‘To nominate your favourite pub, write us a postcard or fill in the coupon and send it in.’
    • ‘We hope readers everywhere - not just in the areas affected - will sign and send the petition coupons back to us.’
    • ‘My mother went over and spoke to him and he came and shook my hand and said he would definitely be sending in a coupon in support of the campaign.’
    • ‘Just fill in the coupon above and send it off with a £5 donation.’
    • ‘Because it's too hard to read in my scan, I note that the return address for the coupon is in Kent, England.’
    • ‘All our campaign coupons will be sent to the national consultation team - but time is running out if you want to join our fight.’
    • ‘To enter, owners should simply clip and fill in the coupon and return it to us with a photograph.’
    • ‘Already, more than 100 people have registered their support for the campaign by sending in the attached coupon, below, or by contacting us directly.’
    • ‘In magazines or newspapers, coupons may be a part of an advert, as we see in Advert 12.3.’
    • ‘More than two thirds of our entries came from people filling in the coupon in the newspaper.’
    • ‘If you are hit by the change in delivery times, complete our coupon and send it in.’
    • ‘This week, all the coupons will be sent to the government, and the council will also be sending its detailed response to Westminster's consultation document on fireworks.’
    • ‘Prospective customers would be invited to return a coupon or telephone for further information about the offer.’
    • ‘We are backing the appeal, and we include a coupon in the newspaper so readers can send donations or pledge their support.’
    form, tear-off slip, entry form, application form
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    1. 2.1British An entry form for a football pool or other competition.
      • ‘All you have to do is to answer the two simple questions contained in the attached coupon and send it to this newspaper at the address given to reach us by Monday June 24.’
      • ‘I was surprised, thrilled, and convinced that they were serious about the free gift when they called me directly (one month after the coupon was sent).’
      • ‘Also, there is no limit to the number of coupons that can be sent.’
      • ‘Indeed, to take the argument further, how many people will agree that studying football scores and indeed football pools coupons has raised their geographical knowledge of England.’
      • ‘Nominations for this competition must be made on the form printed here and coupons must be received by Friday, March 19.’
      • ‘Football coupon betting spread in the 1890s and Manchester's Athletic News, a football weekly, was selling 180,000 copies by 1896.’
      • ‘I do the football coupon with John every Saturday and we might have a small bet between us.’
      • ‘It must be a nightmare trying to do a football coupon in this league!’
      • ‘Couples who have popped the question and want to be in with a chance of winning their big day can enter the competition by filling in the coupon below.’
      • ‘Also, if you are running coupons or competitions on the ad, request an outside edge position - it makes them easier to cut out.’
      • ‘Football coupons were frantically filled and bets were placed on horses and dogs running elsewhere.’
      • ‘All you have to do is answer the simple question and return the coupon.’
      • ‘Competitors were required to look at the picture of the football match shown in the coupon and test their skill using their knowledge and judgment of the game; the ball had been erased from the picture.’
      • ‘Friday night's editions will carry a race coupon while entry forms are also available from our Deansgate reception.’
  • 3Irish Scottish A person's face.

    ‘he had a big beaming smile on his coupon’
    face, features, physiognomy, profile
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[no object]usually as noun couponing
  • 1(of a business) issue or distribute coupons or vouchers offering discounts on particular goods or services.

    ‘the company announced plans to reduce its couponing and just cut prices instead’
    • ‘This type of checkout couponing offers the ability to target consumers much more tightly.’
    • ‘For mouthwash and detergent, online couponing makes sense, but the interactive possibilities are limited.’
    • ‘As sales started to slip, the company embarked on heavy couponing promotions.’
    • ‘Cutting price or couponing have been useful tactics, but we really felt that it didn't do anything to build equity and may even erode it.’
    • ‘The calcium-rich ice cream was first rolled out in three test markets and supported with couponing, point of sale and a small public relations effort.’
    • ‘Through mixed-media promotion and couponing, the product holds the No.1 market share, with the average weekly unit sales goal exceeded by 10 percent.’
    • ‘The campaign follows previous efforts by the company to test the effectiveness of mobile couponing in local markets.’
    • ‘Paperboard multi-packs give a platform for graphics that allows for brand promotion and couponing.’
    • ‘The meeting will also offer sessions on topics such as branding, price sensitivity, and how consumers respond to couponing and discounting.’
    • ‘The company will only put $5 million into the launch, with most of that going to couponing and a handful of print ads.’
    1. 1.1 (of a consumer) collect and use coupons or vouchers offering discounts on goods or services.
      ‘couponing has dropped their monthly grocery budget by upwards of $1,100.00 per month’
      ‘since she'd only been couponing for a few weeks, she didn't have much of a grocery stockpile built up’
      • ‘They're all trying to save money however they can - juggling credit cards, couponing, not eating out.’
      • ‘Has couponing made us spend more in a given year even though the amount per item was less than normal price?’
      • ‘If you enjoy couponing, focus on getting useful freebies, like toothpaste and cleaning products, instead of unhealthy foods.’
      • ‘Melinda can teach all of us a lot about couponing, so be sure and visit her blog.’
      • ‘I coupon, stockpile and price match.’
      • ‘Can an extreme couponing craze be behind this recent rise in newspaper thefts?’
      • ‘I've started taking couponing seriously.’
      • ‘I've started to realize the 'extreme' couponing is a little too much for me.’
      • ‘As a stay at home mom, couponing is something that I do to not only save money but as a challenge.’
      • ‘When calculating the dollar cost of an extreme couponing habit, are the savings and worth the sacrifices?’
      • ‘I admit to taking my couponing overboard on occasion but the space limitations of my home prevail.’


Early 19th century (denoting a detachable portion of a stock certificate): from French, literally ‘piece cut off’, from couper ‘cut’, from Old French colper (see cope).