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

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Classic cars return for fairgrounds cruising event Michael Trujillo drives his 1937 Ford coupe during the Great Labor Day Cruise in 2015 at the OC Fair & Event Center. Daily Pilot, "Around Town: Civil War Days re-enactment returns to Huntington Beach," 29 Aug. 2019 Starting price for the coupe was $30,500 and $32,850 for the roadster. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Audi TT 20th Anniversary Edition is a tribute to an icon," 17 Aug. 2019 The red Porsche coupe was third-hand but still cost $90,000. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Chinese police chief sacked after his Porsche-driving wife explodes in road rage incident," 14 Aug. 2019 The fleeing vehicle is described as a dark-colored sedan or coupe. Jennifer Edwards Baker,, "Pedestrian killed in hit-skip on Colerain Avenue," 15 July 2019 Launched in 2011 with a quirky asymmetrical two-plus-one door configuration, the second-generation sport coupe arrives with a brand-new design, new safety equipment, and an upcoming new high-performance N version with 275 horsepower. Sue Mead, Houston Chronicle, "Hyundai Veloster: Sporty compact curated with emotion, imagination," 13 Sep. 2019 More than half a century after its introduction, the Ford Mustang coupe remains the most popular car in its class, and has actually seen demand grow worldwide in recent years. NBC News, "Take a look at Ford's new 'Mustang-inspired' electric SUV," 9 Sep. 2019 The vehicle is one of approximately 20 left-hand-drive Silver Cloud II drophead coupes. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Elizabeth Taylor's Rolls-Royce Just Sold for $520,000," 8 Aug. 2019 Malone’s teammates include Brant Arnold, a former child actor whose pride and joy is a 1934 Ford coupe with a built-from-scratch, blown-injected 540 Chevy motor. Matt Wake |,, "Reality show features Alabama ‘grudge racing’ team," 19 July 2019

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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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