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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

Examples of coupé in a Sentence

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The model is being assembled at Honda’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, which makes the Accord sedan and coupe, as well as the Acura TLX and ILX. William Gavin, Quartz, 5 June 2024 Style-wise, tulip glasses straddle the line between the flute and coupe. Maria Conti, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 May 2024 Strain into a cocktail glass or coupe, and garnish with an orange peel. Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 18 May 2024 The custom coupe is believed to be the first Ferrari Special Projects vehicle to hit the open market. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 3 May 2024 Lay the shrimp atop a bed of ice on your biggest platter, or divvy them up across coupe glasses and spoon in some dip. Tanya Sichynsky, New York Times, 15 Apr. 2024 Just a few years prior, the brand started life with a luxury sedan (and a two-door coupe) for Hyundai, a signal that there were bigger and better things to come. Lawrence Hodge / Jalopnik, Quartz, 10 Apr. 2024 Lamborghini Huracán 610-4 Coupe The coupe that started it all. Sean Evans, Robb Report, 1 Apr. 2024 Serve in elegant Champagne or coupe glasses and make a toast to all that’s merry and bright. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 28 Mar. 2024

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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 24 Jun. 2024.

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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