coup

noun
\ ˈkü How to pronounce coup (audio) \
plural coups\ ˈküz How to pronounce coups (audio) \

Definition of coup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : a brilliant, sudden, and usually highly successful stroke or act She pulled off quite a coup when she snagged the usually reclusive author for an interview.

coup

verb
\ ˈkōp How to pronounce coup (audio) \
couped; couping; coups

Definition of coup (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly Scotland

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Synonyms & Antonyms for coup

Synonyms: Noun

accomplishment, achievement, acquirement, attainment, baby, success, triumph

Antonyms: Noun

nonachievement

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Examples of coup in a Sentence

Noun

It was a major coup when they got the Vice President to appear on their show for an interview. winning that big contract was a real coup

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Officials verbally accuse him of planning a coup attempt. The Economist, "After a siege of his home, an ex-president faces grave charges," 17 Aug. 2019 Gulen condemned the coup attempt and denied any involvement. Trisha Powell Crain | Tcrain@al.com, al.com, "Rural charter school stokes religious fears, roils community in Alabama," 21 July 2019 But Erdoğan has been steadily marching away from NATO since the July 2016 coup attempt against his government. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Turkey crosses “red line,” gets booted from F-35 partnership," 17 July 2019 The Murted base was ground zero for a failed July 15, 2016, coup attempt against Erdogan. Umar Farooq, latimes.com, "Turkey receives missiles from Russia, rebukes from Congress," 13 July 2019 Rafiekian is accused of failing to disclose the firm's lobbying on behalf of the government of Turkey, which wanted the U.S. to extradite a man living in Pennsylvania that Turkey's president blamed for a coup attempt. Pete Williams, NBC News, "Michael Flynn's prospects for lenient sentence now in doubt," 9 July 2019 Its crisis was that in 1965, two army units killed six generals in a coup attempt. Daniel Immerwahr, The New Republic, "All Over the Map," 11 June 2019 He was arrested the following year on suspicion of involvement in a coup attempt, but was later pardoned by al-Bashir, who appointed him intelligence chief in February 2018. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "Sudanese army holds 1st meeting with protesters since coup," 13 Apr. 2019 Well played, boys ??#PartOfThePride pic.twitter.com/CY98OUfY5p — Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) October 8, 2018 The signing of Dimitri Sea was seen as a huge coup for Villa way back in 2017, as he was wanted by nearly every club in the Ligue 1. SI.com, "Aston Villa: 5 of the Villans' Best Youngsters Who Deserve a Shot at the First Team in 2019/20," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of coup

Noun

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

circa 1572, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coup

Noun

French, blow, stroke — more at cope entry 1

Verb

Middle English, to strike, from Anglo-French couper — more at cope entry 1

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coup

noun

English Language Learners Definition of coup

: an impressive victory or achievement that usually is difficult or unexpected

coup

noun
\ ˈkü How to pronounce coup (audio) \

Medical Definition of coup

: injury occurring on the side of an organ (as the brain) on which a blow or impact is received — compare contrecoup

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