coupon

A coupon is a certificate or a voucher that lets you buy something at a discounted price. When you hand the cashier your coupon, he will subtract some amount from your total bill.

You can cut coupons out of a newspaper, get them in the mail, or find them online. A restaurant coupon might offer a free beverage when you buy dinner, and a grocery store coupon could give you a five dollar savings on your dog's favorite kind of kibble. The original coupons were used by Coca Cola in the late 1800s — they were vouchers for a free Coke, and they're credited with spreading the soft drink's popularity across the United States.

Definitions of coupon
  1. noun
    a negotiable certificate that can be detached and redeemed as needed
    synonyms: voucher
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    types:
    book token
    a gift voucher that can be exchanged for books costing up to an amount given on the voucher
    luncheon voucher, meal ticket
    coupon redeemable at a restaurant and entitling the holder to a meal
    twofer
    a coupon that allows the holder to purchase two items (as two tickets to a play) for the price of one
    type of:
    commercial document, commercial instrument
    a document of or relating to commerce
  2. noun
    a test sample of some substance
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    type of:
    sample
    a small part of something intended as representative of the whole
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