Definition of coupon in English:

coupon

noun

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

    • ‘Visitors will get a chance to win discount coupons by participating in musical activities and spot contests.’
    • ‘The Japanese government tried a wide range of approaches to revitalize the economy, including consumer discount coupons to encourage spending.’
    • ‘More businesses put in their discount coupons in the programme itself.’
    • ‘Each booklet includes coupons that entitle the holder to copies of the newspaper for 10p or for 50p.’
    • ‘Besides the trophy, the winning team walked away with attractive goodies, gift and discount coupons sponsored by various organisations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of our group is related to the owners of the place, but forgot to bring the discount coupons.’
    • ‘Commercials aired on the network would come equipped with their own technology for linking viewers to coupons or brochures for products.’
    • ‘The current rates are $5 per day, $28 per week and a reduced fee if the customer uses available discount coupons.’
    • ‘Middle-to-high-end fashion retailers are offering discount coupons, or free bags or accessories, in addition to half price promotional sales.’
    • ‘The five-year ordinary registered bonds have an annual coupon of 6.125 per cent.’
    • ‘Catching a red fish is rewarded with a discount coupon, which is great sport for the kids.’
    • ‘Despite ‘customer appreciation days,’ savings cards and a seemingly endless supply of discount coupons, the cost of food remains surprisingly high.’
    • ‘Priced Rs 50 more than the regular prepaid card, it comes with a funky phone pouch besides discount coupons.’
    • ‘The 80 page Health and Beauty guide, which covers great hints and tips on all subjects, also includes over 500 baht of discount coupons.’
    • ‘To encourage children into this habit, there are special discount coupons for students in schools.’
    • ‘The lesson in all this: Beware those $20 discount coupons and free flights.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    voucher, chit, docket, stamp, order, credit note, iou
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    1. 1.1 A detachable portion of a bond which is given up in return for a payment of interest.
      • ‘It is the coupon that will be detached and referred to, and that is where you want your claim.’
      • ‘Bond certificates used to have paper interest coupons attached.’
  • 2A form in a newspaper or magazine that may be filled in and sent as an application for a purchase or information.

    • ‘To nominate your favourite pub, write us a postcard or fill in the coupon and send it in.’
    • ‘They have completed and returned our campaign coupons.’
    • ‘To enter, owners should simply clip and fill in the coupon and return it to us with a photograph.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Prospective customers would be invited to return a coupon or telephone for further information about the offer.’
    • ‘If you are hit by the change in delivery times, complete our coupon and send it in.’
    • ‘We are backing the appeal, and we include a coupon in the newspaper so readers can send donations or pledge their support.’
    • ‘All our campaign coupons will be sent to the national consultation team - but time is running out if you want to join our fight.’
    • ‘Because it's too hard to read in my scan, I note that the return address for the coupon is in Kent, England.’
    • ‘More than two thirds of our entries came from people filling in the coupon in the newspaper.’
    • ‘Already, more than 100 people have registered their support for the campaign by sending in the attached coupon, below, or by contacting us directly.’
    • ‘To add your support send in the coupon today or call us for a pack of petitions.’
    • ‘In magazines or newspapers, coupons may be a part of an advert, as we see in Advert 12.3.’
    form, tear-off slip, entry form, application form
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verb

[NO OBJECT]usually as noun couponing
US
  • 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’
    • ‘For mouthwash and detergent, online couponing makes sense, but the interactive possibilities are limited.’
    • ‘This type of checkout couponing offers the ability to target consumers much more tightly.’
    • ‘The campaign follows previous efforts by the company to test the effectiveness of mobile couponing in local markets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As sales started to slip, the company embarked on heavy couponing promotions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 meeting will also offer sessions on topics such as branding, price sensitivity, and how consumers respond to couponing and discounting.’
    • ‘Paperboard multi-packs give a platform for graphics that allows for brand promotion and couponing.’
    • ‘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 per month’
      ‘since she'd only been couponing for a few weeks, she didn't have much of a grocery stockpile built up’
      • ‘Melinda can teach all of us a lot about couponing, so be sure and visit her blog.’
      • ‘If you enjoy couponing, focus on getting useful freebies, like toothpaste and cleaning products, instead of unhealthy foods.’
      • ‘I admit to taking my couponing overboard on occasion but the space limitations of my home prevail.’
      • ‘As a stay at home mom, couponing is something that I do to not only save money but as a challenge.’
      • ‘I've started taking couponing seriously.’
      • ‘I coupon, stockpile and price match.’
      • ‘I've started to realize the 'extreme' couponing is a little too much for me.’
      • ‘Can an extreme couponing craze be behind this recent rise in newspaper thefts?’
      • ‘When calculating the dollar cost of an extreme couponing habit, are the savings and worth the sacrifices?’
      • ‘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?’

Origin

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).

Pronunciation

coupon

/ˈk(j)uˌpɑn//ˈk(y)o͞oˌpän/