accouplement

noun
ac·cou·ple·ment | \əˈkəpəlmənt, aˈ-\
plural -s

Definition of accouplement 

1 : action of joining together : coupling proposing an accouplement of the two great labor organizations— Edwin Lahey

2 architecture : placement of two columns very close together or in contact

3 : something that couples (as a tie or brace)

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First Known Use of accouplement

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for accouplement

Middle French, from accoupler + -ment

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