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coup de théâtre

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

Definition of coup de théâtre


coups de théâtre


coups de theatre

  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


coup de theatre

play \ˌkü-də-tā-ˈätrə\

Origin and Etymology of coup de théâtre

French coup de théâtre, literally, stroke of theater

First Known Use: 1747

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