noun, plural coups d'é·tat [koo dey-tahz; French koo dey-ta] /ˌku deɪˈtɑz; French ku deɪˈta/.
Origin of coup d'état
British Dictionary definitions for coup d'état
noun plural coups d'état (ˈkuːz deɪˈtɑː, French ku deta)
Word Origin for coup d'état
Word Origin and History for coup d'état
1640s, from French coup d'étate, literally "stroke of the state" (see coup). Technically any sudden, decisive political act but popularly restricted to the overthrow of a government.
Culture definitions for coup d'état
A quick and decisive seizure of governmental power by a strong military or political group. In contrast to a revolution, a coup d'état, or coup, does not involve a mass uprising. Rather, in the typical coup, a small group of politicians or generals arrests the incumbent leaders, seizes the national radio and television services, and proclaims itself in power. Coup d'état is French for “stroke of the state” or “blow to the government.”