Coup definition

ko͝o
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A sudden, successful move or action; brilliant stroke.
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By extension, a takeover of one group by another.
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The definition of a coup is a political uprising in which power changes hands or a successful strategic move.

An example of a coup is when rebels overthrow the government.

An example of a coup is when you make a big sale.

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(literally) A blow.
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A sudden appropriation of leadership or power; a takeover.

A boardroom coup.

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A quick, brilliant, and highly successful act; a triumph.
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A coup d'état.
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Among certain Native American peoples, a feat of bravery performed in battle, especially the touching of an enemy's body without causing injury.
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A coup d'état.
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A brilliantly executed stratagem; a triumph.
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  • Among certain Native American peoples, to ceremoniously recount one's exploits in battle.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
coup
Plural:
coups

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of coup

  • French stroke from Old French colp from Late Latin colpus from Latin colaphus from Greek kolaphos

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from Old French

    From Wiktionary