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noun [countable] coup pronunciation in American English /ku/ 
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  1. 1

    coup

    or

    coup d'état

    an occasion when a group of people takes control of a country, usually by means of military force
    a military/army coup:

    There has been a series of military coups since the country gained independence.

    stage/lead/mount a coup:

    A band of young disillusioned officers staged a coup.

    an attempted/failed/abortive coup:

    He was jailed for his part in the attempted coup.

    coup against:

    the 1996 coup against General Abacha

  2. 2
    an impressive and surprising success

    It's a great coup to get Bjork to perform here.

    a publicity/propaganda/public relations coup:

    This is a major publicity coup for the company.

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