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couplet

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noun cou·plet \ˈkə-plət\

Simple Definition of couplet

  • : two lines of poetry that form a unit

Full Definition of couplet

  1. 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. 2 :  couple

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


COUPLET Defined for Kids

couplet

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noun cou·plet \ˈkə-plət\

Definition of couplet

  1. :  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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