Definition of coup in English:


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Pronunciation: /kuː

noun (plural coups /kuːz/)

  • 2An instance of successfully achieving something difficult: it was a major coup to get such a prestigious contract
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    • Two of the greatest Second World War intelligence coups were achieved by the Russians.
    • A young man who scored a major coup by being elected to both local authorities having had difficulties in getting nominated.
    • If the deal is successful, it would be a major coup for the galleries, putting its collection of modern art on a par with London's Tate Modern.
    success, triumph, feat, successful manoeuvre, stunt, accomplishment, achievement, attainment, stroke, master stroke, stroke of genius; scoop; French tour de force
  • 2.1An unusual or unexpected but successful tactic in card play.
  • 3 Billiards A direct pocketing of the cue ball, which is a foul stroke.
  • 4 historical (Among North American Indians) an act of touching an enemy, as a deed of bravery, or an act of first touching an item of the enemy’s in order to claim it.


late 18th century: from French, from medieval Latin colpus 'blow' (see cope1).

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