noun (plural coups de théâtre pronunc. same)
- 1A dramatically sudden action or turn of events, especially in a play.More example sentences
- But Fancioulle's giving of life to a timeless work of art actually prepares the eventual entrance of death onto the stage in a dramatic coup de théâtre.
- There is a final coup de théâtre that strikes me as needlessly flashy.
- Dramatically, visually and ideologically, it was a triumph, a daring coup de théâtre that implicitly relocated the largely white audience within the on-stage struggle of the dignified West Indians.
- 2A successful theatrical production.More example sentences
- This skill, also known as coup d'oeil, was defined by von Clausewitz as ‘the rapid discovery of a truth which to the ordinary mind is not visible at all…’
French, literally 'blow of theatre'.
More definitions of coup de théâtreDefinition of coup de théâtre in:
- The US English dictionary