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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rolls-Royce currently offers no hybrid vehicles among a fleet that includes the Phantom sedan, Cullinan SUV, Ghost sedan, Wraith coupe and Dawn convertible. Hannah Elliott Bloomberg, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2021 The coupe is most in keeping with the GTS mantra, particularly in this wonderfully aggressive spec. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, 23 Sep. 2021 An affordable sports coupe is not about straight-line speed, anyway. Jason Fogelson, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 When the coupe is sufficiently chilled, fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Washington Post, 22 June 2021 For sheer visual presence, the GLE 63 S Coupe has few rivals, though calling this thing a coupe is like meeting a 300-pound bouncer named Tiny. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 1 Apr. 2021 Some of those dishes include oysters with rosé mignonette; ham-and-leek croquettes with sauce gribiche; and a bananas foster coupe glacée. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2021 Constructed on a steel-tube space frame, the gull-wing coupe is powered by a midmounted Cadillac V8. New York Times, 19 Aug. 2021 As for the mechanics, Lamborghini Miura specialist Jeff Stephan repaired or replaced various parts as needed to get the silver coupe into fighting shape. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 2 Aug. 2021

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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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“Coupé.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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