Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Many; much: beaucoup money.
  • n. An abundance; a lot.
  • adv. In abundance; galore: I like that beaucoup.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • much, many, a lot of.
  • n. An abundance
  • adv. In abundance.

Etymologies

French : beau, bel, fine, handsome; see beau + coup, stroke; see coup.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French. Popularized by the American GIs during the Vietnam War. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "No," she said, "that is the most like him," taking down a miniature by an Italian artist, "_mais il était beaucoup plus beau -- beaucoup -- beaucoup_."

    Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century

  • The humble "pot à lait" hinted that a simple "merci beaucoup" is sometimes all it takes ... to say thanks.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • It was in the position near Thiacourt that the battery took possession of a captured German 77, in good condition and with "beaucoup" ammunition stacked around, and turned it against the retreating Huns.

    History of the 113th Field Artillery 30th Division

  • I smiled at some of the terms, as it brought back for me tales told by many friends I know who were in Vietnam for the war - especially "beaucoup," which seemed to be a favorite adopted word.

    Hungry Magazine

  • Colleges push this mis-conception because the government gives them beaucoup bucks per student per class for adult education programs.

    An Education in Mexico

  • After crushing Newt Gingrich in Florida, the nomination for the Republican primary race was written off as a done deal with Romney all but handed the crown and the beaucoup bouquets reserved for winners.

    Will Durst: A Tone-Deaf Tin-Eared Borg

  • May 2nd, 2010 at 10: 27 pm ma fiile de 2ans et demi ecoute beaucoup cette chansons c est une bonne approche pour l anglais kidsfactory

    I See the Sun By Patricia Johnston Arranged by Laurent G. « Esl Videos « Videos « Literacy News

  • "If you're spending beaucoup bucks on Yahoo! ads, or running a campaign on MySpace of Facebook, Omniture tells you whether those ads are driving people to your site and ultimately driving sales," he says.

    Get Briefed: Josh James

  • One week and $150 later, I had a crisply tailored console with a custom ribbon border and beaucoup de hidden storage.

    Decorating Dynamo: The Table Skirt

  • Merci beaucoup for helping me dig up some very fond memories!

    moeurs - French Word-A-Day

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