coup

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Old French

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Noun[edit]

coup (plural coups)

  1. A quick, brilliant, and highly successful act; a triumph.
  2. A coup d'état.
    • 2013 August 23, Jonathan Steele, “The west has little influence in Egypt”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 11, page 18: 
      The coup was well-planned. Fuel was artificially held back so as to create shortages and dissatisfaction with Brotherhood rule. The old state-controlled unions mounted public sector strikes that further sabotaged the economy and annoyed people. Police-controlled thugs who had been used against the Tahrir Square demonstrations in 2011 came back into action.
  3. By extension, a takeover of one group by another.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French colp, from Vulgar Latin colpus, from Latin colaphus, from Ancient Greek κόλαφος (kolaphos).

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Noun[edit]

coup m (plural coups)

  1. blow, hit, strike
    1. sound of the action: coup de tonnerre
    2. physical consequences of the action (marks): marqué de coups
  2. fast and instantaneous action: jeter un coup d'œil
  3. elementary action that may be repeated (e.g. in a game): boire un coup
    1. for a firearm, load: pistolet à six coups
  4. small quantity: mettre un coup de peinture
  5. planned action: préparer son coup

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Jèrriais[edit]

Noun[edit]

coup m (plural coups)

  1. Alternative form of co.

Old French[edit]

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Noun[edit]

coup m (oblique plural cous, nominative singular cous, nominative plural coup)

  1. Alternative form of colp.