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coupe1

[koop] /kup/
noun
1.
Also, coupé. a closed, two-door car shorter than a sedan of the same model.
2.
coupé (defs 1–3).
Origin of coupe1
1880-1885
1880-85; see coupé

coupe2

[koop] /kup/
noun
1.
ice cream or sherbet mixed or topped with fruit, liqueur, whipped cream, etc.
2.
a glass container for serving such a dessert, usually having a stem and a wide, deep bowl.
3.
any rimless plate.
Origin
1375-1425 for earlier senses “wicker basket, tub, cask”; 1890-95 for current senses; Middle English < Anglo-French co(u)pe, Old French coupe < Late Latin cuppa, Latin cūpa cask, tub, barrel; cf. cup

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
1825-35; < 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 coup1; cf. cope1
Can be confused
coup, coupe, coupé.
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  • At last it struck ten o'clock; and the vibration of the bell could still be heard, when M. de Brevan's coupe stopped at the door.

    The Clique of Gold Emile Gaboriau
  • "I will take you in my coupe," said the doctor to the Count.

    Strong as Death Guy de Maupassant
  • The coupe drew up to the curb, and Presley followed Mrs. Cedarquist up the steps to the massive doors of the great house.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • Driver, a hundred francs for you, if you follow that coupe down there!

    The Clique of Gold Emile Gaboriau
  • Mr. Havisham found himself leaning out of the window of his coupe with a curious feeling of interest.

    Little Lord Fauntleroy Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • There were chestnuts in it, too—so she was glad she had not selected the coupe aux marrons.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for coupe

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

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
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Word Origin and History for 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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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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