couple

noun
cou·​ple | \ ˈkə-pəl; "couple of" is often ˌkə-plə(v)\

Definition of couple

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : two persons married, engaged, or otherwise romantically paired
b : two persons paired together The people were lined up in couples.
2 : pair, brace needed a couple of bookends
3 : something that joins or links two things together: such as
a : two equal and opposite forces that act along parallel lines
b : a pair of substances that in contact with an electrolyte (see electrolyte sense 1) participate in a transfer of electrons which causes an electric current to flow
4 : an indefinite small number : few a couple of days ago

couple

verb
cou·​ple | \ ˈkə-pəl \
coupled; coupling\ ˈkə-​p(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of couple (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to connect for consideration together
b : to join for combined effect
2a : to fasten together : link
b : to bring (two electric circuits) into such close proximity as to permit mutual influence
3 : to join in marriage or sexual union

intransitive verb

1 : to unite in sexual union
2 : join
3 : to unite chemically

couple

adjective

Definition of couple (Entry 3 of 3)

: two also : few used with a a couple drinks

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Other Words from couple

Noun

coupledom \ ˈkə-​pəl-​dəm \ noun

Is couple an adjective?: Usage Guide

Adjective

The adjective use of a couple, without of, has been called nonstandard, but it is not. In both British and American English it is standard before a word (such as more or less) indicating degree. a couple more examples of Middle English writing — Charles Barber Its use before an ordinary plural noun is an Americanism, common in speech and in writing that is not meant to be formal or elevated. the first couple chapters are pretty good — E. B. White (letter) still operated a couple wagons for hire — Garrison Keillor It is most frequently used with periods of time a couple weeks and numbers. a couple hundred a couple dozen

Examples of couple in a Sentence

Noun

“Are they a couple?” “No, they are just good friends.” Seventeen couples participated in the survey.

Verb

a device that makes it possible to couple the pieces The coils are loosely coupled. The wire is coupled to the terminal. It took an hour to couple the trailer to the truck.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Strain into a couple and top with Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How to Make the Official Cocktail of the Golden Globes," 3 Jan. 2019 The controversy comes as the agency continues to grapple with the aftermath of a 2016 shooting in which several officers opened fire on a couple sitting inside a car. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A California city plans to shred years of police records before a new law makes them public," 27 Dec. 2018 Joined by her partner, artist Sandro Kopp, in a coordinating lavender and crimson three-piece suit, Swinton made a remarkable photo opp, and the pair’s colorful looks provided a fresh take on couple’s style ideal for the occasion. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Tilda Swinton and Sandro Kopp Subvert Couples Style at Wes Anderson’s New Exhibit," 7 Nov. 2018 Both couples danced until the wee hours, giving the ceremony its viral moment in the process. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas End Winter Wedding Season With a Bang," 21 Dec. 2018 Jodie began dating Morty Coyle in 2009, and their daughter Beatrix was born in 2010, shortly before the couple’s engagement. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "All About Hallmark Star Jodie Sweetin's Difficult Journey to Find Love After Divorce," 15 Dec. 2018 Just note that a couple items are backordered and may not arrive until after Christmas. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: A bunch of Amazon devices are back on sale today," 10 Dec. 2018 On In front of the gorgeous Frederiksberg Gardens, where couples rent boats in the summer and take brisk walks in winter, sits a beloved ice skating rink—without a single corporate sponsor or hideous DJ to be seen. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "What To Do In Copenhagen In December 2018," 6 Dec. 2018 Many complain that their city no longer feels like their city at all, which has apparently in the last five years has contributed to 40 percent of couples leaving the city after their first child. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Tourist magnet ‘I Amsterdam’ sign has been removed," 6 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That, coupled with the small size and faintness of Ultima Thule, creates an even more complex trial for the scientists and engineers to overcome. Loren Grush, The Verge, "On New Year’s Day, a spacecraft will zoom by the most distant object humanity has ever visited," 27 Dec. 2018 The Antarctica trip is designed to be coupled with a voyage around the southern tip of Africa. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "New Couture Collection tours at Silversea promise rare adventures," 29 June 2018 This was coupled with the passage of the country’s only legislation, to this day, regulating immigration to Israel: the Law of Return, which grants automatic citizenship to Jews irrespective of origin. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 26 June 2018 Our circadian rhythms—the biological timekeepers of things like blood pressure, hormone levels, and metabolism—are coupled to our mental states. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "Twitter Users Are Analytical in the Morning, Angsty at Night," 22 June 2018 That room and board rate is coupled with $11,000 for tuition per year. Kate Murphy, Cincinnati.com, "Price to live on campus rises at the University of Cincinnati," 19 June 2018 In large part, that’s because recent decades have been the first time in history that women have not had to couple with terrible, violent men out of economic need. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Incels Hate Women," 27 Apr. 2018 The company coupled that push with steep discounts on iPhones to juice sales, the people said. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "‘It’s Been a Rout’: Apple’s iPhones Fall Flat in World’s Largest Untapped Market," 18 Dec. 2018 Lifting the summer ban is expected to be coupled with new restrictions on trading biofuel credits that underpin the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, commonly known as the ethanol mandate. Matthew Daly, The Seattle Times, "Trump to allow year-round sales of high-ethanol gasoline," 8 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

There was just a couple dozen of very fancy people like us. Recode Staff, Recode, "Podcaster Manoush Zomorodi explains blockchain and how it might fix the media," 17 July 2018 Stuff your face with street food at a hawker center Airport Road Food Centre has a couple dozen excellent food stalls, including Lao Ban. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018 Weatherly said the couple dozen units operated in Milwaukee are used as a test site close to the founders. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee startup Frontdesk provides corporate housing for business travelers," 1 July 2018 After almost one whole month of dating, SNL star Pete Davidson and singer Ariana Grande — couple name: Grandson — announced this week that they were engaged. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Jeweler Reveals New Details About Ariana Grande’s Engagement Ring," 13 June 2018 Fri 7/6- Sat 7/7: Fabled D.C. gospel yeh-yeh band the Make-Up play a couple rare reunion shows. Katie Powers, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Do This / Music / Film Avenue Q at Mercury Theater and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend," 6 July 2018 Kit Harington and Rose Leslie made their couple debut onscreen as Game of Thrones' Jon Snow and Ygritte the Wildling years ago. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kit Harington and Rose Leslie's Wedding: Everything You Need to Know," 22 June 2018 That’s usually what happens when you couple talent with hard work. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres mailbag: What's to be gained from Hunter Renfroe's demotion?," 21 Aug. 2017 For 10 wonderful months, Selena Gomez and The Weeknd gave us couple goals inspiration. Erin Reimel, Glamour, "The Weeknd Got Emotional at Coachella While Performing His Song About Selena Gomez," 14 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of couple

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Adjective

1924, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for couple

Noun, Verb, and Adjective

Middle English, pair, bond, from Anglo-French cuple, from Latin copula bond, from co- + apere to fasten — more at apt

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The first known use of couple was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for couple

couple

noun

English Language Learners Definition of couple

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: two people who are married or who have a romantic or sexual relationship

: two people or things that are together

couple

verb

English Language Learners Definition of couple (Entry 2 of 2)

: to join (two things) together

: to join (something) to something else

couple

noun
cou·​ple | \ ˈkəp-əl \

Kids Definition of couple

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : two people who are married or in a romantic relationship
2 : two people or things paired together Line up in couples.
3 : two things that are of the same kind or that are thought of together It cost a couple of dollars. A couple of strange things happened today.

couple

verb
coupled; coupling

Kids Definition of couple (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to join or link together : connect Workers coupled freight cars.
2 : to join in pairs

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