coup

noun
\ ˈkü How to pronounce coup (audio) \
plural coups\ ˈküz How to pronounce coups (audio) \

Definition of coup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : 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.

coup

verb
\ ˈkōp How to pronounce coup (audio) \
couped; couping; coups

Definition of coup (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly Scotland

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Synonyms & Antonyms for coup

Synonyms: Noun

accomplishment, achievement, acquirement, attainment, baby, success, triumph

Antonyms: Noun

nonachievement

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Examples of coup in a Sentence

Noun

It was a major coup when they got the Vice President to appear on their show for an interview. winning that big contract was a real coup

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Still, for many in Latin America, the prospect of a military intervention is bound to revive memories of the Cold War, when the U.S. gave backing to coups and rebellions from countries including Chile, Cuba and Brazil. Manuel Rueda, Fox News, "OAS chief threatens military force against Venezuela," 15 Sep. 2018 Manufacturers and aftermarket specialists will showcase their latest innovations and technology; auto enthusiasts can admire a rainbow of muscle cars, classic coups and retro rigs; and yes, there’ll be drag-racing. Noon-8 p.m. Free to spectate. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | June 15-21," 14 June 2018 Signing McLaughlin was a major coup, and perhaps a surprise nationally, but Floreal has built a consistent winner, a destination program. Joe Fleming, USA TODAY, "What will record-breaking Kentucky freshman track star Sydney McLaughlin do next?," 10 May 2018 There have been coups and revolutions, external invasions and proxy conflicts, but the Middle East hasn’t seen a head-to-head war between major regional powers since the 1980s. David Wainer, Bloomberg.com, "Israel and Iran on Path to War as Mideast Tinderbox Awaits Spark," 3 May 2018 Gulen, who has lived in the United States since 1999, has denied involvement in the coup or the Russian diplomat’s assassination. Suzan Fraser, The Seattle Times, "Turkey: 28 on trial over Russian ambassador’s slaying," 8 Jan. 2019 Previously, the military removed Sharif from office in 1999, when Gen. Pervez Musharraf seized power in a bloodless coup. Washington Post, "Suicide bomber kills 12 in attack on Pakistan election rally," 10 July 2018 But the military ended Sharif's second stint in power in 1999 in a bloodless coup. NBC News, "Pakistani court sentences ex-PM Sharif to 10 years in prison for corruption," 6 July 2018 Sharif has an acrimonious relationship with the army -- he was previously removed from power in a 1999 coup. Kamran Haider, Bloomberg.com, "Pakistan Rejects Ex-PM's Criticism Over Mumbai Attack Handling," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of coup

Noun

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

circa 1572, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coup

Noun

French, blow, stroke — more at cope entry 1

Verb

Middle English, to strike, from Anglo-French couper — more at cope entry 1

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coup

noun

English Language Learners Definition of coup

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

coup

noun
\ ˈkü How to pronounce coup (audio) \

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

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