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coup de théâtre

noun, coup de thé·âtre \ˌkü-də-tā-ˈätrə\

Definition of coup de théâtre

plural coups de théâtre or coups de theatre \ˌkü-də-\

  1. 1 :  a sudden sensational turn in a play; also :  a sudden dramatic effect or turn of events

  2. 2 :  a theatrical success

Variants of coup de théâtre

or coup de theatre play \ˌkü-də-tā-ˈätrə\

Origin of coup de théâtre

French coup de théâtre, literally, stroke of theater

First Known Use: 1747

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tending to dismiss important matters

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