coup de théâtre


coup de thé·âtre

noun \ˌkü-də-tā-ˈätrə\
plural coups de théâtre or coups de theatre \ˌkü-də-\

Definition of COUP DE THÉÂTRE

1
:  a sudden sensational turn in a play; also :  a sudden dramatic effect or turn of events
2
:  a theatrical success

Variants of COUP DE THÉÂTRE

coup de thé·âtre or coup de the·atre \ˌkü-də-tā-ˈätrə\

Origin of COUP DE THÉÂTRE

French coup de théâtre, literally, stroke of theater
First Known Use: 1747

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: coup d'oeil
Previous Word in the Dictionary: coup d'état
All Words Near: coup de théâtre

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up coup de théâtre? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).