Meaning of “coup d'état” in the English Dictionary

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coup d'étatnoun [ C ]

/ˌkuˌdeɪˈtɑ/ plural coups d'état or coup d'états /ˌkuˌdeɪˈtɑ, -ˈtɑz/ short form coup

sudden defeat of a government through illegal force by a small group, often a military one

(Definition of “coup d'état” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)