- 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
- Brit a detachable entry form for any of certain competitions, esp football pools
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
- a portion of a ticket, label, or the like, entitling the holder to something, or for use as an order blank, etc.:clipped a few discount coupons from the paper.
- a separate piece of paper, ticket, etc., for the same purpose.
- 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.
- Businessone of a number of small detachable certificates calling for periodic interest payments on a bearer bond. Cf. coupon bond.
- Metallurgy[Metall.]a sample of metal or metalwork submitted to a customer or testing agency for approval.
Old French colpon piece cut off, equivalent. to colp(er) to cut (see cope1) + -on noun, nominal suffix