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coupé

[koo-pey or for 1, 5, koop] /kuˈpeɪ or for 1, 5, kup/
noun
1.
a short, four-wheeled, closed carriage, usually with a single seat for two passengers and an outside seat for the driver.
2.
the end compartment in a European diligence or railroad car.
3.
Ballet. an intermediary step to transfer the weight from one foot to the other.
4.
(in Continental heraldry) party per fess.
5.
coupe1 (def 1).
Also, coupe (for defs 1–3).
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < French coupé (in defs. 1 and 2 short for carrosse coupé cut (i.e., shortened) coach), past participle of couper to cut off, verbal derivative of coup coup; cf. cope1
Can be confused
coup, coupe, coupé.
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  • With the coupe making its debut about a year ago, the roadster's arrival was inevitable.
British Dictionary definitions for coupé

coupé

/ˈkuːpeɪ/
noun
1.
Also called fixed-head coupé. a four-seater car with a fixed roof, a sloping back, and usually two doors Compare drophead coupé
2.
a four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with two seats inside and one outside for the driver
3.
an end compartment in a European railway carriage with seats on one side only
Word Origin
C19: from French, short for carosse coupé, literally: cut-off carriage, from couper to cut, from coup blow, stroke

coupe

/kuːp/
noun
1.
a dessert of fruit and ice cream, usually served in a glass goblet
2.
a dish or stemmed glass bowl designed for this dessert
Word Origin
C19: from French: goblet, cup
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Word Origin and History for coupé

coupe

n.

1834, from French coupe (18c.), noun use of past participle of couper "to cut (in half);" see coup. Modern use is from early 19c. carrosse coupe "cut-off carriage," a shorter version of the berlin, minus the back seat. First applied to closed two-door automobiles 1908.

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Slang definitions & phrases for coupé

coupe

Related Terms

deuce


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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