coupon

cou·pon (ko͞o’pŏn′, kyo͞o’-)
n. 1) A code or detachable part of a ticket, card, or advertisement that entitles the holder to a certain benefit, such as a cash refund or a gift. 2) a) A periodic interest payment due to the holder of a bond. b) The interest rate of a bond that pays a coupon. c) One of a set of small certificates that may be detached from a bond certificate and redeemed for interest payments.
[French, piece cut off, remnant, coupon (for interest), from Old French colpon, piece cut off, from colper, to cut, from colp, blow; see COUP(Cf. coup).]
Word History: A Roman might have had difficulty predicting what would become of the Latin word colaphus, which meant "a blow with the fist." As the variety of Latin spoken in the Roman province of Gaul developed into Old French, the Late Latin word colpus, derived from colaphus, became colp. Old French colp subsequently developed into modern French coup, with the same sense. Coup has had a rich development in French, gaining numerous senses and forming part of numerous phrases, such as coup d'état. Old French colp also gave rise to the verb colper (or in its modern French spelling, couper), "to divide with a blow or stroke, cut." Colper yielded the word colpon, "a portion that is cut off." Old French colpon eventually developed into modern French coupon and came to refer to a certificate that was detachable from a principal certificate. The detachable certificate could be exchanged for interest or dividend payments by the holder of the principal certificate. Coupon is first recorded in English in 1822 with this sense and then came to apply to forms or tickets, detachable or otherwise, that could be exchanged for various benefits or used to request information.

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  • coupon — [ kupɔ̃ ] n. m. • v. 1223; de couper 1 ♦ Fin d une pièce d étoffe. Coupons en solde. Pièce d étoffe roulée. 2 ♦ Fin. Feuillet que l on détache d un titre et sur la présentation duquel l établissement émetteur paye les intérêts, les dividendes.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • coupon — cou·pon / kü ˌpän, kyü / n [French, from Old French, piece, from couper to cut]: a statement of due interest to be cut from a debt instrument and esp. a bearer bond when payable and presented for payment; also: the interest rate of a coupon… …   Law dictionary

  • coupon — [ko͞o′pän΄, kyo͞o′pän] n. [Fr, remnant, coupon < couper, to cut: see COUP] 1. a detachable printed statement on a bond, specifying the interest due at a given time: each coupon on a bond is presented for payment at the proper time 2. a… …   English World dictionary

  • Coupon — Cou pon (k?? p?n; F. k?? p?n ), n. [F., fr. couper to cut, cut off. See {Coppice}.] 1. (Com.) A certificate of interest due, printed at the bottom of transferable bonds (state, railroad, etc.), given for a term of years, designed to be cut off… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coupon — COUPON. s. mas. Petit reste d une pièce d étoffe ou de toile. Un coupon de toile de batiste. [b]f♛/b] Il se dit aussi Des papiers portant intérêts, et dont on coupe une partie à chaque échéance …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • coupon — 1822, certificate of interest due on a bond (which could be cut from the bond and presented for payment), from Fr. coupon, lit. piece cut off, from couper to cut, from coup a blow (see COUP (Cf. coup)). Meaning widened to discount ticket 1860s by …   Etymology dictionary

  • Coupon — Coupon, Kupon: Die Bezeichnung für »Abschnitt (auf Wertpapieren); Stoffrest« wurde im 18. Jh. aus gleichbed. frz. coupon entlehnt, das zu frz. couper »‹ab›schneiden« gehört …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • coupon — Coupon. s. m. Petite piece de toile fine & claire, Un coupon de toile de baptiste …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Coupon — (franz., spr. kupóng, v. couper, schneiden), allgemein: Abschnitt, z. B. Tuchrest, abzutrennender Teil von Einlaßkarten, Fahrscheinen etc.; insbesondere (Zinscoupon, Zinsleiste, Zinsschein) Name der den Staats und andern öffentlichen Papieren,… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Coupon — (frz., spr. kupóng), Abschnitt, von einem Ganzen abzutrennender Zettel als Beleg; Zins C. (Dividendenscheine), die den öffentlichen Schuldscheinen und Aktien in Bogen (Zinsbogen) beigegebenen Quittungen, die zur Erhebung der Zinsen und Dividenden …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Coupon — Coupon, Kupo, Rechnungsmünze auf den Sundainseln = 5 Sgr. 21/4 Pf. = 15 kr. C. M …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

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