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

Borderlands 3 on lockdown Speaking of which, another big coup emerged this week: Borderlands 3 will forego Steam for the first six months and be an Epic Games Store exclusive. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Borderlands 3 is an Epic exclusive, Obsidian shows off The Outer Worlds," 5 Apr. 2019 Spurred by a global plague of infertility, an extremist group called the Sons of Jacob staged a coup on the U.S. government and sent progressive American society reeling backwards to totalitarianism, organized on Old Testament principles. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Glossary You Need To Survive Gilead," 2 May 2018 His opposition coalition seeks to organize free and fair elections, which Mr. Maduro has rejected as a coup attempt. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "U.S. Imposes New Sanctions on Venezuelan Regime," 25 Feb. 2019 The list includes the eight servicemen who escaped to Greece in a military helicopter soon after the July 2016 coup attempt. Suzan Fraser, The Seattle Times, "Turkey, Greece stress need for dialogue," 5 Feb. 2019 With these coups under her belt, the South Florida native rose as a solo musician with the experience and charisma of a seasoned artist. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "DaniLeigh Took the Best Advice from Prince—to Be Herself as an Artist," 31 Jan. 2019 Most damaging was the jailing of Germans amid mass arrests and firings by Turkish authorities following a July 2016 coup attempt. Geir Moulson, Fox News, "Turkey's Erdogan heads to Germany on bridge-building visit," 27 Sep. 2018 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, without evidence, blames Gülen for instigating a July 2016 coup attempt and has called for his immediate return to Turkey to stand trial. Alex Ward, Vox, "Turkey releases US Pastor Andrew Brunson in a big win for Trump," 12 Oct. 2018 Her government was ousted in a 2014 military coup led by Prayuth, who was then army commander. Fox News, "Thai officials say they seek UK extradition of former PM," 31 July 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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