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coup de foudre

[kooduh foo-druh] /kudə ˈfu drə/
noun, plural coups de foudre
[kooduh foo-druh] /kudə ˈfu drə/ (Show IPA).
French.
1.
a thunderbolt.
2.
love at first sight.
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British Dictionary definitions for coup de foudre

coup de foudre

/ku də fudrə/
noun (pl) coups de foudre (ku də fudrə)
1.
a sudden and amazing action or event
Word Origin
literally: lightning flash
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Contemporary definitions for coup de foudre
noun

any sudden unforeseen event

Word Origin

F. lit. stroke of lightning

Usage Note

pl coups de foudre

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Word Origin and History for coup de foudre
n.

1779, from French coup de foudre, literally "stroke of lightning," also "love at first sight" (see coup).

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