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 After a two-year wait, this oh-so-elegant two-door coupe, with its flowing lines inspired by the thundering Iso Grifo A3/C from the 1960s, was delivered just in time for Monterey Car Week. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 22 Nov. 2021 They're joined by the Cayman coupe, T, and S as well as the six-cylinder Cayman GTS 4.0. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 17 Nov. 2021 Its major production models include the ES8 full-size SUV, the ES6 mid-size SUV, and the EC6 crossover coupe. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 9 Nov. 2021 Sprinkle edible pearl dust in bottom of a martini or coupe glass. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 25 Oct. 2021 The Mustang Mach-E can put out as much power through all four of its wheels as the V8-powered Mustang Mach 1 coupe can put to its back wheels. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 20 Oct. 2021 The Civic still offers an appealing blend of coupe-like body lines and attractive proportions, similar to big-brother Accord. Karl Brauer, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 Imagine a sleek coupe that whisks you away to a favorite place, projecting memories of past visits on expansive displays and playing music that evokes remembrances of the destination and people that matter most. Laura Burstein, Robb Report, 25 Aug. 2021 Yes, there will be performance variants, and a coupe. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 7 Aug. 2021

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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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“Coupé.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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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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