noun (1)
cou·​pé | \ sense 1 is kü-ˈpā How to pronounce coupé (audio) , sense 2 is ˈküp How to pronounce coupé (audio) , kü-ˈpā\
variants: or coupe

Definition of coupé

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a four-wheeled closed horse-drawn carriage for two persons inside with an outside seat for the driver in front
2 usually coupe : a 2-door automobile often seating only two persons also : one with a tight-spaced rear seat — compare sedan


noun (2)
\ ˈküp How to pronounce coupe (audio) \
variants: or coupe glass

Definition of coupe (Entry 2 of 2)

: a drinking glass that has a moderately thick stem and shallow bowl and that is used for cocktails or champagne More and more bars … have begun organizing their menu by glass type. Usually that means a section for Collins glasses (tall, skinny, and filled with ice); one for rocks glasses; and one for things served … in coupes or martini glasses.— Marian Bull The cocktails are served in ornate silver coupes … .— Joshua David Stein Combine all ingredients except garnishes in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled coupe glass.— Kara Newman

Examples of coupé in a Sentence

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Offered as a coupe or a sedan, the Civic Si delivers finely honed responses in a $25,195 package. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 Photos from the fire department that extinguished the blaze in the town of Bad Aiblung on Saturday show the entire rear half of the mid-engine coupe burned to a crisp, while the passenger compartment was largely spared. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Rare $450,000 Ford GT burns in German street," 18 June 2018 View Photos Visually, the Concept M8 Gran Coupe is akin to last year’s Concept 8-series, which gives a good idea of the upcoming two-door coupe. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe: M Is for More," 22 Mar. 2018 There’s the $150,000, 600-horsepower hybrid Polestar 1 coupe, an as-yet-undefined electric SUV (the Polestar 3) and this imminent sedan: the Polestar 2, an openly declared shot at the Tesla Model 3. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Polestar 2 Is the First Car to Directly Challenge the Tesla Model 3," 27 Feb. 2019 At some point, SUV track performance will start to rival that of cars, much the way sports sedans did to coupes in the 1960s. Car and Driver, "Lightning Lap 2018: Where the Track Tells the Truth," 26 Sep. 2018 The black coupe in question is currently being auctioned on Ebay with just 74 miles on its odometer, as first reported by, and the window sticker still displayed. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "1987 Buick Grand National parked since 1991 up for auction with 74 miles on it," 25 Sep. 2018 Alexander, who is a family physician, arrived to the nuptials in a vintage red coupe driven by her father. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Was a Gorgeous Bridesmaid and She Completely Avoided the Bridal Bouquet," 20 Aug. 2018 However, the rear-wheel-drive GTS coupe with PDK is 0.1 second quicker than this Targa, which carries an additional 319 pounds. Steve Siler, Car and Driver, "2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS PDK Automatic," 16 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of coupé

Noun (1)

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1913, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coupé

Noun (1)

French coupé, from past participle of couper to cut, strike

Noun (2)

borrowed from French, "cup, footed drinking or serving vessel," going back to Old French cupe, going back to Late Latin cuppa — more at cup entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of coupe

: a car that has two doors and that has room for four or sometimes only for two people


variants: or coupe \ kü-​ˈpā , 2 is often ˈküp \

Kids Definition of coupé

1 : a carriage with four wheels and an enclosed body seating two persons and with an outside seat for the driver in front
2 : an enclosed two-door automobile for two persons

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