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 There’s no other way to put it: This is a $100 Champagne coupe. Mackenzie Chung Fegan, Bon Appétit, "15 Gifts That Are Under $100 (and a Few Splurges!)," 17 Nov. 2020 The rear-wheel-drive Mustang was offered as a sleek fastback coupe or soft-top convertible. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "Most Reliable Used Cars," 9 Nov. 2020 The gains came thanks largely to booming sales in China and strong demand for lucrative luxury models, including the 8 series coupe and the X7 sport-utility vehicle made at the company's South Carolina plant. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "The daily business briefing: November 4, 2020," 4 Nov. 2020 The driver of a coupe traveling in the correct direction swerved right to avoid the wrong-way sedan. Mike Cruz, The Arizona Republic, "Impairment suspected in wrong-way crash on Loop 101 in Glendale," 22 Oct. 2020 And aside from his two-door Mercedes coupe, Clark refrained from outward flamboyance. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "‘They called him Superman:’ Dallas’ Ezra Clark lived a life of learning and big dreams," 22 Oct. 2020 Raise a coupe de Champagne because on Wednesday, Netflix announced that its romcom series Emily in Paris will return to the streaming service for a second season. Ruth Kinane,, "Emily in Paris for longer, as Netflix renews series for season 2," 11 Nov. 2020 Originally based on Volkswagen Audi Group's modular PQ35 platform and now on the MQB platform, the Q3 shares much of its underpinnings with the company's small sedan and coupe offerings. Nicholas Wallace, Car and Driver, "These Are the 8 Most Reliable Used SUVs," 13 June 2020 However, the wrong-way driver swerved left, striking the coupe. Mike Cruz, The Arizona Republic, "Impairment suspected in wrong-way crash on Loop 101 in Glendale," 22 Oct. 2020

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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 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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