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Princeton's WordNet

  1. coup d'etat, coup, putsch, takeovernoun

    a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force

  2. coupnoun

    a brilliant and notable success


  1. Coupnoun

    A sudden stroke delivered with promptness and force; -- used also in various ways to convey the idea of an unexpected, clever, and successful tactic or stratagem.


  1. coupnoun

    A quick, brilliant, and highly successful act; a triumph.

  2. coupnoun

    A coup d'état.

  3. coupnoun

    By extension, a takeover of one group by another.


  1. coup

    A coup d'état ( (listen); French for 'stroke of state'; plural coups d'état (same pronunciation)), also known as a coup or overthrow, is a seizure and removal of a government and its powers. Typically, it is an illegal seizure of power by a political faction, politician, cult, rebel group, military, or a dictator. Many scholars consider a coup successful when the usurpers seize and hold power for at least seven days.


  1. coup

    A coup, also known as a coup d'etat, is a sudden and decisive action in politics, especially one resulting in a change of government illegally or by force. It often involves the overthrow of a current government and its replacement with another body, typically facilitated by a country's military or political elites.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coupnoun

    a sudden stroke; an unexpected device or stratagem; -- a term used in various ways to convey the idea of promptness and force

  2. Etymology: [F., fr.L. colaphus a cuff, Gr. ko`lafos.]


  1. Coup

    Coup is the debut album by The New Regime, which is a solo project by Ilan Rubin, the previous drummer of Welsh band Lostprophets and current drummer of Angels and Airwaves. Ilan recorded all 10 tracks himself on all instruments, including vocals. In addition to the songs found over the last few months on his Myspace page, he recorded two additional songs for this album. It was released on November 18, 2008 as a digital download on digital music stores such as iTunes, Amazon and eMusic. It was also released as a free download on the official Nine Inch Nails web site. A follow-up to Coup was released three years later in April 2011 and is called Speak Through The White Noise.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Coup

    kōō, n. a blow, stroke, a successful hit: (billiards) the act of putting a ball in a pocket without having hit another ball.—Coup d'état, a sudden or violent stroke of state policy, as that by which Louis Napoleon subverted the constitution (Dec. 2, 1851); Coup de grâce, the finishing blow by which a tortured man is put out of pain, any decisive stroke generally; Coup de main, a sudden and overpowering attack; Coup de maître, a master-stroke; Coup de théâtre, a sudden and sensational turn in a piece: Coup d'œil, a general view of a scene or subject taken in at a glance. [Fr.,—L.,—colaphos, a blow.]

  2. Coup

    kowp, v.t. to exchange or barter.—n. Coup′er, a dealer. [Scot., from Ice., kaupa, to buy.]

  3. Coup

    kowp, v.t. to overturn. [Scot.; perh. originally the same word as Cope.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. COUP

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Coup is ranked #45253 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Coup surname appeared 473 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Coup.

    97.8% or 463 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'coup' in Nouns Frequency: #2030

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of coup in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of coup in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of coup in a Sentence

  1. Andrey Kortunov:

    On the face of it, the failed coup has pulled Turkey closer to Russia. But there still remain serious differences between the two countries.

  2. General Aek Angsananont:

    Look at Thailand last year. There was the coup and before that we had years of political problems, where do you think the police came from ? They came from the provinces to back up Bangkok. We didn't have the resources to tackle the human trafficking problem.

  3. Selahattin Demirtas:

    The lifting of immunity needs to be examined after we faced the threat of a coup and parliament was bombed.

  4. President Tayyip Erdogan:

    The attitude of many countries and their officials over the coup attempt in Turkey is shameful in the name of democracy, any country and any leader who does not worry about the life of Turkish people and our democracy as much as they worry about the fate of coupists are not our friends.

  5. President Imomali Rakhmon:

    Kabiri has been declared internationally wanted, if he is detained, we will seek his extradition. He is accused of financing and organising the attempted military coup.

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