coup de théâtre

play
noun coup de thé·âtre \ˌkü-də-tā-ˈätrə\
variants: or

coup de theatre

Definition of coup de théâtre

plural

coups de théâtre

or

coups de theatre

\ˌkü-də-tā-ˈätrə\
  1. 1 :  a sudden sensational turn in a play; also :  a sudden dramatic effect or turn of events

  2. 2 :  a theatrical success

Origin and Etymology of coup de théâtre

French coup de théâtre, literally, stroke of theater


First Known Use: 1747


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