One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A shallow glass or glass dish, typically with a stem, in which desserts or champagne are served.
- ‘The cocktails, nicely, are served in coupes, not martini glasses.’
- ‘Champagne and other sparkling wines were for long drunk in a flat, saucer-like glass called a coupe, but this has been abandoned in favour of the tall flûte which preserves the wine's mousse.’
- ‘Classically, the dessert is served in a coupe dish, which is stemmed, and has a wide, deep bowl.’
- 1.1 A dessert served in a coupe.
- ‘Laden down with two substantial courses we shared a Gepetto's coupe dessert, which consisted of raspberry and vanilla ice-cream with Amaretto liquor.’
- ‘As pastry chairwoman at the French Culinary Institute in the city's Soho district, she remains true to her background, referring to her sundaes on the menu as coupes.’
- ‘Call it what you like, Peach Melba is an ice-cream coupe.’
1A car with a fixed roof and two doors.
- ‘A broad new front air intake integrates fog lights, while black bezel headlights with clear turn signal lamps enhance the sporty looks of the coupe.’
- ‘The need to hide the folding roof means the rear haunches are higher than the coupé's and arguably not as well integrated into the car's shape.’
- ‘A coupe / cabriolet version is also expected with a folding hard top out the following year.’
- ‘This is an important consideration in Europe where parking spaces are tight and coupes with large doors are always at a disadvantage as they need a bigger space between vehicles to be opened.’
- ‘The Germans offer station wagons, coupes and convertibles, even hatchbacks, in several series.’
- ‘It was made available as a 4-door sedan or a 2-door coupe.’
- ‘It is sold as either a coupe or sedan style automobile and has been produced, in various models, since the 1950s.’
- ‘For aggressiveness, the coupe's hood rises higher, with multi-focal parabola headlamps cut into the forward edge.’
- ‘But thanks to the reputation for rationality, they have been able to develop a sedan and a coupe that begin to stretch the boundaries of midsize car respectability.’
- ‘The red-colored vehicle has the silhouette of a coupe but with four doors and a panoramic roof.’
- ‘Combination of a sporty two door coupe and two-seat pickup, they are at home in the outback or on urban roads.’
- ‘The door windows are frameless, de rigueur for a coupé, and blacked-in edges to the rear side windows disguise the hefty centre pillars behind.’
- ‘It is one dominated by sedans that take just under 50%, with station wagons, people carriers, cabriolets, and coupes accounting for the rest.’
- ‘The truth is that as car build quality gets better it is increasingly more difficult to determine which SUV, MPV or coupe is the best.’
- ‘In fact, he points out that as many of the Baby Boomers become Empty Nesters, they are rolling out of SUVs and minivans and back into cars like the coupes of their days gone by.’
- ‘Then again, where's the fun in having a sports coupe if the roof doesn't come off entirely?’
- ‘Irish couples can arrive at their weddings in all manner of transport from vintage cars to sporty coupes, and London taxis to Dublin buses.’
- ‘First of all, it's a coupé with a boot and a hatchback, and I'm sorry but I just don't equate the concept of TVR motoring with all this stuff.’
- ‘The roadster shares the coupe's rear fascia and tail lamps.’
- ‘It's 10 mph faster than its coupe counterpart, because it is a bit more slippery through the air because it produces less downforce than the coupé.’
2historical A four-wheeled enclosed carriage for two passengers and a driver.
3An end compartment in a railroad car, with seats on only one side.
- ‘The train's compact two-bed coupes come with carpeted corridors, dinner tables, a basin and fresh towels.’
Mid 19th century (in coupe (sense 2)): from French carrosse coupé, literally ‘cut carriage’. coupe (sense 1) dates from the early 20th century.
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