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

The abortive coup Saturday in the Amhara region was led by a high-ranking military officer and others in the armed forces, said Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who addressed the nation on state TV at 2 a.m. while wearing fatigues. oregonlive.com, "Ethiopia says military chief killed, regional coup failed," 23 June 2019 After leading his coup with a few fellow officers, al-Bashir declared the imposition of Islamic Sharia law. Sarah El Deeb, The Seattle Times, "Sudan leader’s iron grip finally slips amid protests," 12 Apr. 2019 The Humble Strategy Bundle 2019 is packed full of games, including Offworld Trading Company and Stellaris, but the real coup is at the top. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Borderlands 3 teased for PAX East, Dwarf Fortress is coming to Steam," 15 Mar. 2019 West Ham have already completed deals for Ryan Fredericks and Łukasz Fabiański this summer, but their biggest coup so far has been that of French youngster Issa Diop for €25m from Toulouse. SI.com, "West Ham Offered Italian Winger By Serie A Giants Inter as Stopgap for Injured Playmaker," 30 June 2018 One of her greatest coups came a week before the primary, when a Bronx newspaper held a candidate forum and Crowley could not attend. David Weigel, Washington Post, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The Democrat who challenged her party’s establishment — and won," 27 June 2018 His biggest coup was providing the Brits with the design of a chemical warfare dispersal device manufactured from parts that could be found in a tool shed and was capable of spreading deadly cyanogen chloride or other agents. NBC News, "He spied on al Qaeda from the inside, until he had to run for his life," 17 June 2018 But by the eighth installment of the show, which has been wildly successful, Sidney is beginning to suspect she’s been deceived, and that her great coup was actually a con job. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "Dangerous Disappearing Acts, With Killers in Pursuit," 8 June 2018 Being tapped by Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele to become the Italian fashion house's global makeup artist earlier this month is just his latest coup. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Gucci’s New Global Makeup Artist Just Released a Mesmerizing Beauty Book," 23 May 2019

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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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More Definitions for coup

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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