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 Shake until cold and strain into a coupe or martini glass. Travel + Leisure, "National Vodka Day Is Oct. 4 — Here Are 15 Cocktail Recipes to Celebrate," 3 Oct. 2020 My wife's 2017 BMW coupe sits outside in south Florida. Motormouth Bob Weber, Star Tribune, "Motor Mouth: Malfunctioning windows an open and shut case," 2 Oct. 2020 Like the Ferrari, the Huracán Evo RWD is available as a coupe or droptop and offers enough refinement and civility to be driven daily. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Lamborghini Huracán Evo RWD Trades Traction for Entertainment," 10 Sep. 2020 Under its skin, especially in the 2.0-liter form tested here, the zoomy new NX coupe is an instant replay of the Sentra SE-R sports sedan. Kevin Smith, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1992 Nissan NX2000 Reshapes the Sentra SE-R," 24 Sep. 2020 And the biggest challenge to engineers when cleaving the roof off a coupe is structural stiffness. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, "Lexus’ new 2021 LC500 Convertible puts on the pretty," 14 Sep. 2020 The choice between the coupe or convertible is subjective. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "The Ferrari F8 is the Example for Modern, Mid-Engine Supercars," 7 Aug. 2020 Maserati's new flagship, the 2021 MC20, is a mid-engine design that will come in coupe and convertible body styles and in both electric and internal-combustion versions. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Maserati MC20, an Elegant Mid-Engined Supercar, Could Herald a Renaissance," 9 Sep. 2020 And the regular Chevette coupe at $3098 is a solid $400 under the base Rabbit. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1977 Chevrolet Chevette Puts Price Before Performance," 17 Aug. 2020

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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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9 Oct 2020

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“Coupé.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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