1

coup

verb \ ˈkōp \

Definition of coup

chiefly Scotland

Origin and Etymology of coup

Middle English, to strike, from Anglo-French couper — more at cope


2

coup

noun \ ˈkü \

Definition of coup

plural coups play \ˈküz\
1 :a brilliant, sudden, and usually highly successful stroke or act
  • She pulled off quite a coup when she snagged the usually reclusive author for an interview.

Examples of coup in a Sentence

  1. It was a major coup when they got the Vice President to appear on their show for an interview.

  2. winning that big contract was a real coup

Recent Examples of coup from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'coup.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of coup

French, blow, stroke — more at cope


COUP Defined for English Language Learners

coup

noun

Definition of coup for English Language Learners

  • : an impressive victory or achievement that usually is difficult or unexpected


Medical Dictionary

coup

noun \ ˈkü \

medical Definition of coup

:injury occurring on the side of an organ (as the brain) on which a blow or impact is received — compare contrecoup


Seen and Heard

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to suppress quietly or indirectly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one-green-toy-robot-amidst-many-red-toy-robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!