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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 the·atre 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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