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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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While not as extreme in proportions as the outgoing AMG that rode on its own front mid-engine/rear transaxle platform, this second-gen coupe, built on the current Mercedes-Benz SL platform, still looks the part—long of snout, short of tail, crouched, and ready to pounce. Peter Bleakney, Robb Report, 21 Nov. 2023 For some, that means a candlelit evening at home doing a face mask and sipping a sparkling beverage out of a pretty tinted coupe. Kate Kassin, Bon Appétit, 21 Nov. 2023 Taking shape with a broad bowl and shorter, more casual stem, this vibrant interpretation of the classic coupe is inspired by the core hues in Azeeza’s garment collections. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 2 Nov. 2023 Inside, the coupe features four displays positioned around the steering wheel that show tire temperature, tire air pressure, brake rotor temperature and drivetrain (front-rear) distribution. Peter Lyon, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 These coupe glasses come in a set of four and a shiny red that's perfect for the holidays. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Nov. 2023 The staff pushes, rightly, the affogato, a coupe layered sexily with espresso granita, vanilla ice cream, mascarpone mousse, and hot fudge. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 4 Nov. 2023 Underscoring the point, on its show stand at The Quail Rolls staged the North American debut of its first EV, the new Spectre coupe (base price $422,750, although most are expected to transact around $500K). Jamie Kitman, Car and Driver, 26 Aug. 2023 The coupe is set to step out together in Scotland on Thursday. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 1 Nov. 2023 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 7 Dec. 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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