EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French beaucoup. Popularized by the American GIs during the Vietnam War.

Alternative formsEdit

DeterminerEdit

beaucoup

  1. (US, informal) much, many, a lot of.
    You know that cost beaucoup bucks!

NounEdit

beaucoup (plural beaucoups)

  1. an abundance. (Can we add an example for this sense?)

AdverbEdit

beaucoup (not comparable)

  1. In abundance.

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French biau cop, first attested circa 1210.[1] Equivalent to beau (nice, beautiful) +‎ coup (hit, strike). The latter word also means “helping of soup or beverage”, first attested circa 1375, whose sense may have triggered or reinforced beaucoup to mean “a lot”.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /bo.ku/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -u

AdverbEdit

beaucoup

  1. much, very much, a lot
    Merci beaucoup !
    Thank you very much!

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Claude Buridant Grammaire nouvelle de l'ancien français, 2000. →ISBN

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