Definition of coup in English:


Syllabification: coup
Pronunciation: /ko͞o

noun (plural coups /ko͞oz/)

  • 2A notable or successful stroke or move: 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.
  • 2.1An unusual or unexpected but successful tactic in card play.
  • 3A contusion caused by contact of the brain with the skull at the point of trauma. Compare with contrecoup.
  • 4 historical (Among North American Indians) an act of touching an armed enemy in battle 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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