• WordNet 3.6
    • n coupon a test sample of some substance
    • n coupon a negotiable certificate that can be detached and redeemed as needed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Coupons were introduced in 1894 when Asa Candler bought the Coca-Cola formula for $2,300 and gave people coupons that he had written out to receive a free glass of coke
    • Coupon (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 and presented for payment when the interest is due; an interest warrant.
    • Coupon a printed form, often distributed as part of an advertisement, entitling the bearer to purchase a specific item of merchandise at a discount; or, a similar form which may be submitted to the issuer to obtain goods or information. Such coupons may be issued by the manufacturer (manufacturer's coupon) or by a retail establishment; in the latter case they may then be redeemed only at that particular retail store.
    • Coupon A section of a ticket, showing the holder to be entitled to some specified accomodation or service, as to a passage over a designated line of travel, a particular seat in a theater, or the like.
    • Coupon a ticket or form allowing the bearer to purchase a specific quantity of rationed goods; -- such coupons are typically issued by a governmental agency.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n coupon A printed certificate or ticket attached to and forming part of an original or principal certificate or ticket, and intended to be detached when used. Specifically— An interest certificate printed at the bottom of a bond running for a term of years. There are as many of these certificates as there are payments to be made. At each time of payment one is cut off and presented for payment. In the United States coupons are negotiable instruments on which suits may be brought though detached from the bond. A purchaser of an over-due coupon takes only the title of the seller. Negotiable coupons are entitled to days of grace.
    • n coupon One of a series of conjoined tickets which bind the issuer to make certain payments, perform some service (as transportation over connecting railroad lines), or give value for certain amounts at different periods, in consideration of money received. At the settlement of each claim a coupon is detached and given up.
    • n coupon A small piece of metal made as a part of another piece to serve as a sample for testing-purposes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Coupon kōō′pong a billet, check, or other slip of paper cut off from its counterpart: one of a series of tickets which are vouchers that certain payments will be made or services be performed, at various times or places, in consideration of money paid: a dividend or interest warrant presented for payment by holders of debentures.
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  • George T. Hewitt
    George T. Hewitt
    “The best things in life are never rationed. Friendship, loyalty, and love. They do not require coupons.”
  • Mae West
    “A man in love is like a clipped coupon -- it's time to cash in.”
  • Frank Lloyd Wright
    “Why Deal with the Coupon when you can have the Genuine Bond”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. couper, to cut, cut off. See Coppice
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—couper, to cut off.


In literature:

And M., K. & T. defaulted on its last interest coupons.
"Torchy, Private Sec." by Sewell Ford
So it's no wonder Peyton is a reg'lar coupon hound.
"Torchy and Vee" by Sewell Ford
Some one has cut off a coupon probably.
"Comic History of the United States" by Bill Nye
The girl gave back the coupon.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
It would not even be necessary that the money to pay the interest coupons should pass through the government's hands.
"Monopolies and the People" by Charles Whiting Baker
Hillard held in his hands his return coupons to Genoa.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
It's been comin' his way ever since he was big enough to clip a coupon.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
On dividend dates he and Miss Berry could cut and check up the coupons together.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
They cut coupons off bonds.
"The Merry-Go-Round" by Carl Van Vechten
Many travelers purchase Cook's hotel coupons which provide for lodging and meals at certain hotels in every large city of the Orient.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch
Sometimes, however, the consumer sends the coupons or certificates to the wholesaler, getting the premium direct from him.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
Clip the coupon NOW.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
The subscriptions had been divided into coupons, transferable, like notes, to the bearer by an indorsement simply formal.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
They are too far off and too expensive for the bearer of Cook's coupons.
"The Sign of Silence" by William Le Queux
Oh, go to your tobacco-casks, your coupons, and your cotton, you soulless, huckstering old man!
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 94, August, 1865" by Various
And he didn't get that overcoat with cigarette coupons.
"Dave Dawson at Casablanca" by Robert Sydney Bowen
Coupons for the payment of dividends are also attached to the share warrants to bearer issued by some joint-stock companies.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
Then he sprang forward again, instinctively reaching to grasp and save from plunder the coupon bonds.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 95, September 1865" by Various
As for the coupon, I have myself already contributed the necessary funds to take care of that.
"H. R." by Edwin Lefevre
The chain which began with yellow coupons ends with Christmas trees.
"Bransford of Rainbow Range" by Eugene Manlove Rhodes

In poetry:

But he'd got no more Coupons to give her
And that night he " showed her the door ",
But he needn't have troubled to do that
He'd shown her so often —before.
"Limehouse Liz (Of Lambeth)" by T W Connor
But at last the bough is bare
Where the coupons one by one
Through their ripening days have run,
And the bond, a beggar now,
Seeks investment anyhow,
"The Peau De Chagrin Of State Street" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
You ought to have a medal, Mrs. More,
The medal for the Coupon and the Queue,
The Cross for Courage on the Kitchen Floor,
The Order of the Scrubbing-Brush and Stew.
"You Ought To Have A Medal, Mrs. More" by A P Herbert

In news:

There are also a number of startups looking to monetize their platforms through targeted coupons and deals.
What a great week for couponers.
At Price Chopper this week there are so many BOGO free deals plus 2 additional deals, one for Fuel and a coupon for your next order.
New Mexican restaurant and coupon-offering website hit town.
Local couponing experts said it takes three main ways.
One of my favorite websites is, which is absolutely a fantastic site that provides wonderful insights into how to manage your family's finances as well as great money-saving coupons and more.
A large part of my preseason preparation is to collect coupons and start buying batteries by Labor Day to be ready for season.
Next on cable's oddball agenda: Coupon cutters.
Visit a Valvoline location near you for $10 off any full-service oil change with this coupon.
Coupon cannot be combined with any other offer. Savings Club- Try it for Free.
(get access to more printable coupons).
The coupon is good through Oct 7.
The soaring popularity of couponing has resulted in product shortages.
The soaring popularity of couponing has resulted in product shortages, empty shelves and disgruntled shoppers.

In science:

Let C be the number of purchases needed to collect n different coupons.
Many Random Walks Are Faster Than One
Consider the case where a fair mom decides to help her k kids to collect the coupons.
Many Random Walks Are Faster Than One
Clearly, in expectation, after C visits to the grocery store mom got all the different coupons.
Many Random Walks Are Faster Than One
We will use the following general fact from , which was previously used in a very similar context in : Let q(cN , N ) denote the probability of collecting N coupons within cN trials.
On the Satisfiability Threshold and Clustering of Solutions of Random 3-SAT Formulas
In the authors prove that in the power-law random graph the amount of hops for a random walk to discover the graph is sublinear (faster than coupon collection, with which the random walk is compared in ).
Performance of Random Walks in One-Hop Replication Networks
The case (ii) of Lemma 10 is even simpler, as it is immediate that W1 = 1/M implies that the partition is generated as if by coupon collecting with M equally frequent coupons.
Characterizations of exchangeable partitions and random discrete distributions by deletion properties
To obtain a complete set of k coupons (i.e., columns) with nonnegligible probability, we must draw at least k log(k) columns.
Finding structure with randomness: Probabilistic algorithms for constructing approximate matrix decompositions
Collecting coupons on trees, and the cover time of random walks.
The Cover Time of Deterministic Random Walks
It is not hard to show that n ln n ǫ samples (magazines) have at least a 1 − ǫ probability of including all n coupons.
Pseudo-randomness and Learning in Quantum Computation
Organization and Main Contribution In this work, coding with both disjoint and overlapping generations together with random generation scheduling is studied from a coupon collection perspective.
Effects of the Generation Size and Overlap on Throughput and Complexity in Randomized Linear Network Coding
Previously existing results from the classical coupon collector’s problem, along with our extensions, enable us to characterize the code performance with finite information lengths, from which the asymptotic code performance can further be deduced.
Effects of the Generation Size and Overlap on Throughput and Complexity in Randomized Linear Network Coding
Such results serve to link coupon collection to the decoding of content that has been encoded into multiple generations.
Effects of the Generation Size and Overlap on Throughput and Complexity in Randomized Linear Network Coding
Probability generating functions (Theorems 2 and 4) and moments (Corollaries 3 and 5) of the number of samplings needed to collect multiple copies of distinct coupons are derived for the random sampling of a finite set of coupons in Section IV-A.
Effects of the Generation Size and Overlap on Throughput and Complexity in Randomized Linear Network Coding
As our results are of more general interest than the coding-over-generations problem, we will express them in the coupon collection language.
Effects of the Generation Size and Overlap on Throughput and Complexity in Randomized Linear Network Coding
Note that in Theorem 2 and Corollary 3, mi -s are allowed to be 0, thus including the case where only a specific subset of the coupons is of interest.
Effects of the Generation Size and Overlap on Throughput and Complexity in Randomized Linear Network Coding