A sudden stroke; an unexpected device or stratagem; -- a term used in various ways to convey the idea of promptness and force.
- A brilliantly executed stratagem; a triumph.
- A coup d'état.
- A sudden appropriation of leadership or power; a takeover: a boardroom coup.
- Among certain Native American peoples, a feat of bravery performed in battle, especially the touching of an enemy's body without causing injury.
- count coup Among certain Native American peoples, to ceremoniously recount one's exploits in battle.