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coup de théâtre

noun coup de thé·âtre \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

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