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couplet

noun cou·plet \ˈkə-plət\

: two lines of poetry that form a unit

Full Definition of COUPLET

1
:  two successive lines of verse forming a unit marked usually by rhythmic correspondence, rhyme, or the inclusion of a self-contained utterance :  distich
2
:  couple
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Examples of COUPLET

  1. a poem made up of six couplets
  2. <a couplet of statues flank the entrance to the church>

Origin of COUPLET

Middle French, diminutive of Old French cuple, couple
First Known Use: 1580

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody
COUPLET Defined for Kids

couplet

noun cou·plet \ˈkə-plət\

Definition of COUPLET for Kids

:  two rhyming lines of verse one after another <“The butcher, the baker,/The candlestick maker” is an example of a couplet.>

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