coup de théâtre

noun
coup de thé·​âtre | \ ˌkü-də-tā-ˈätrᵊ How to pronounce coup de théâtre (audio) \
variants: or coup de theatre
plural coups de théâtre or coups de theatre\ ˌkü-​də-​tā-​ˈätrᵊ How to pronounce coups de theatre (audio) \

Definition of coup de théâtre

1 : a sudden sensational turn in a play also : a sudden dramatic effect or turn of events
2 : a theatrical success

First Known Use of coup de théâtre

1747, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coup de théâtre

French coup de théâtre, literally, stroke of theater

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