Definition of coup de théâtre noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    coup de théâtre

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˌkuː də teɪˈɑːtrə//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkuː də teɪˈɑːtrə//
     
    (pl. coups de théâtre
    BrE BrE//ˌkuː də teɪˈɑːtrə//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkuː də teɪˈɑːtrə//
     
    )
    (from French)
     
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  1. 1something very dramatic and surprising that happens, especially in a play
  2. 2a play, show, etc. which is very successful
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: coup de théâtre