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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The German brand simultaneously introduced an electronic brake-by-wire system in its Formula E car and in its X5 and X7 SUVs and 8-Series coupe this year. Brett Berk, WIRED, "How Formula E Racing Makes Electric Cars Faster, Smarter, Funner," 20 July 2019 On the spot, the pair decided to drive back to New York City together in Hurston’s small Nash coupe. Steven Hoelscher, Smithsonian, "A Lost Work by Langston Hughes Examines the Harsh Life on the Chain Gang," 9 July 2019 So putting Black Panther in a LS 500 sedan and LC 500 coupe in the film and marketing materials was akin to pairing James Bond with Aston Martin. Dale Rutledge, Fortune, "With ‘MIB: International,’ Lexus Is Cast as a Blockbuster Car for a Second Straight Summer," 14 June 2019 Bentley’s factory in Crewe, near Manchester, rolls out a relatively paltry 26 Continental GT coupes and Flying Spur sedans, 31 Bentayga SUVs, and five flagship Mulsannes each day. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Tour the Factory Where Bentley Handcrafts Its Luxury Rides," 27 July 2019 The very last Bug, a coupe outfitted in a gleaming coat of denim blue, was laid to rest on an open display for visitors, according to family members at the factory. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "The Beetle, 81, is no more," 11 July 2019 After spending the night at a Pleasant Valley-area home, the 33-year-old drove off in her 2005 black Infinity coupe on Wednesday and hasn't been seen since. Fox News, "California mother of 3 missing for a week, had recently broken collarbone, family says," 24 July 2019 Toyota’s luxury car brand plans to make a convertible version of its flagship LC coupe, the company confirmed Friday. Rebekah Tuchscherer, USA TODAY, "Lexus is extending its LC coupe range, and its convertible," 6 July 2019 The clip panels back to Future and the Canadian singer-songwriter exchanging bars while riding in an exotic two-door black coupe. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Future Enlists PARTYNEXTDOOR for Lavish 'No Shame' Video: Watch," 4 June 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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