Meaning of “coup” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun [ C ] us uk /kuː/
TAKE CONTROL also coup d'état, uk /ˌkuːdeɪˈtɑː/ us

an occasion when a group of people suddenly takes control of a country using force:

a military coup

an important achievement, often one that was not expected:

The award is a major coup for the university.

(Definition of “coup” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)