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[koo-pey or for 1, 5, koop] /kuˈpeɪ or for 1, 5, kup/
a short, four-wheeled, closed carriage, usually with a single seat for two passengers and an outside seat for the driver.
the end compartment in a European diligence or railroad car.
Ballet. an intermediary step to transfer the weight from one foot to the other.
(in Continental heraldry) party per fess.
coupe1 (def 1).
Also, coupe (for defs 1–3).
Origin of coupé
1825-35; < French coupé (in defs 1, 2 short for carrosse coupé “cut-off or shortened coach”), past participle of couper “to cut off,” verbal derivative of coup coup1; cf. cope1
Can be confused
coup, coupe, coupé. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for coupé
Historical Examples
  • The rescue had been prearranged, and the man had jumped into a coupé and driven off at a gallop.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • The compartment immediately behind the coupé is called the interior.

    Rollo in Switzerland Jacob Abbott
  • He came back after he had seen Madame de Clerté to her coupé!

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • So Mr. Howland engaged the two places in the coupé, and one on the banquette.

    Rollo in Rome Jacob Abbott
  • The conductor of the diligence came to the door of the coupé and asked for the passports.

    Rollo in Rome Jacob Abbott
  • She cried aloud as she saw Esther's face at the window of the coupé.

    Americans All Various
  • I understood that he had come to announce to me the arrival of my coupé.

    A Romantic Young Lady

    Robert Grant
  • First he called the names of those who were to go in the coupé.

    Rollo in Geneva Jacob Abbott
  • At five I set out in a coupé having Alphonse on the seat with the coachman.

    A Diplomatic Adventure S. Weir Mitchell
  • In a household I know of only one horse and a coupé can be afforded.

    Worldly Ways and Byways Eliot Gregory
British Dictionary definitions for coupé


Also called fixed-head coupé. a four-seater car with a fixed roof, a sloping back, and usually two doors Compare drophead coupé
a four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with two seats inside and one outside for the driver
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


a dessert of fruit and ice cream, usually served in a glass goblet
a dish or stemmed glass bowl designed for this dessert
Word Origin
C19: from French: goblet, cup
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for coupé



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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