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noun (1)

sense 1 is
kü-ˈpā How to pronounce coupé (audio)
sense 2 is
ˈküp How to pronounce coupé (audio)
variants or coupe
: a four-wheeled closed horse-drawn carriage for two persons inside with an outside seat for the driver in front
usually coupe : a 2-door automobile often seating only two persons
also : one with a tight-spaced rear seat compare sedan


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noun (2)

variants or coupe glass
: 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 coupesJoshua David Stein
Combine all ingredients except garnishes in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled coupe glass.Kara Newman

Example Sentences

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This is essentially the same engine powering Ford’s high-performance Shelby GT500 coupe, though slightly detuned from that model’s 760 hp. Karl Brauer, Robb Report, 6 Jan. 2023 The 911 Dakar is essentially a Carrera 4 GTS coupe modified for rally duty, and as such is equipped with a 473-hp twin-turbo flat-six and all-wheel drive. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 16 Nov. 2022 Strain into a coupe glass, and top with Spiced Pear Reserve. Claudia Alarcón, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022 Infiniti deals a death blow to its Q60 coupe, which fails to see the 2023 model year. Nick Kurczewski, Car and Driver, 13 Oct. 2022 Cocktail instructions: Using a melon baller, place three scoops of sorbet and place in a coupe glass. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 8 Oct. 2022 As for craft cocktails that interpret local ingredients and culture in a coupe glass, make sure to drop by Fahri Konsolos, touted as the city’s best cocktail bar. Feride Yalav-heckeroth, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 June 2022 The next shot shows the rapper posing in front of a jacuzzi in the same suit, looking back at the camera and holding what appears to be a coupe glass up in the air. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, 20 June 2022 Thanks to standard rear-wheel steering, the exotic coupe isn't too hard to maneuver in tight spots. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 13 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coupé was in 1825

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Cite this Entry

“Coupé.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants or coupe
kü-ˈpā How to pronounce coupé (audio)
sense 2 is often
ˈküp How to pronounce coupé (audio)
: a four-wheeled closed carriage pulled by horses for two persons with an outside seat for the driver
usually coupe
: a closed two-door automobile for usually two persons
: a usually closed two-door automobile with a full-width rear seat

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