Also coupé. a closed, two-door car shorter than a sedan of the same model.

Origin of coupe

First recorded in 1880–85; see origin at coupé




ice cream or sherbet mixed or topped with fruit, liqueur, whipped cream, etc.
a glass container for serving such a dessert, usually having a stem and a wide, deep bowl.
any rimless plate.

Origin of coupe

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


[koo-pey or for 1, 5, koop]


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.
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 confusedcoup coupe coupé Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for coupe

Contemporary Examples of coupe

Historical Examples of coupe

  • His hands trembled as he meshed the gears and shot the coupe away from the curb.

    The Monster

    S. M. Tenneshaw

  • Monopolizing the coupe, she became absolute mistress of the situation.

    The Parisians, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • "I will take you in my coupe," said the doctor to the Count.

    Strong as Death

    Guy de Maupassant

  • Long ago Captain Daniel had taught me the remedy for this coupe.

    Richard Carvel, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • He had ordered his coachman to have his coupe in readiness for the evening.

British Dictionary definitions for coupe



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 for coupe

C19: from French: goblet, cup



Also called: fixed-head coupé a four-seater car with a fixed roof, a sloping back, and usually two doorsCompare 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 for coupé

C19: from French, short for carosse coupé, literally: cut-off carriage, from couper to cut, from coup blow, stroke
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for coupe

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