couple

noun
cou·​ple | \ ˈkə-pəl How to pronounce couple (audio) ; "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 How to pronounce couple (audio) \
coupled; coupling\ ˈkə-​p(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce coupling (audio) \

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 How to pronounce coupledom (audio) \ 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

Rather than walking the red carpet together at the 2019 SAG Awards, the low-key couple sidled up to each other inside the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall, where the event was held. Nicole Briese, Allure, "Emma Stone Sparks Massive Engagement Rumors Due to Ring Finger Accessory," 7 Apr. 2019 In one Magness is designing, the couple has included adjacent quarters for a caregiver. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Would You Try This Divisive New Bathroom Trend?," 28 Mar. 2019 The drastic shift means the couple will have a separate staff with offices based at Buckingham Palace, which will be part of the Buckingham Palace communications team and report to the Queen’s communications secretary. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Reportedly Stepped In to Help Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Create Their Own Royal Household," 28 Mar. 2019 Ready to see what surprises the couple has in store? Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS: LA' Reveals We're Finally Going to Find Out What's in the Box Kensi Gave Deeks," 17 Mar. 2019 The couple now have a three-year-old daughter, Kensli, and their love story came full circle with Saturday’s celebration. Vogue, "Chance the Rapper Shares the First Photos From His Wedding," 11 Mar. 2019 The couple has since renovated the place and infused it with new life—with jazz, contemporary art and world-class cooking—creating an intimate destination... Kristina O’neill, WSJ, "WSJ. Magazine Editor’s Letter: Ripeness Is All," 15 Feb. 2019 Even back then, the couple had ideas for other products inspired by Moroccan artisans. Gisela Williams, ELLE Decor, "The Vivacious 18th-Century Marakesh Medina of Two L.A. Transplants," 28 Dec. 2018 After all, since making their relationship official back in 2017, the couple has us accustomed to their fair share of #couplegoals: from adorable FaceTime sessions to candidly romantic text convos. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Thomas Doherty Cheered on Dove Cameron at "Clueless, the Musical"," 17 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The recent interest in biographies and documentaries, coupled with remarkable advances in makeup and prosthetics, might tempt actors and producers to go too far. Peter Funt, WSJ, "Hollywood’s Mimicry Can Miss the Point," 21 Feb. 2019 This, coupled with the increasing popularity of tough fitness regimens (see: ClassPass), has given people a sense of more autonomy over their respective bodies. Deanna Pai, The Cut, "How ‘Wellness’ Culture Creates an Illusion of Control Over Death," 13 Apr. 2018 These exaltations are coupled with page after page of her brilliant photographic collaborations, her own portraits, and various ephemera (handwritten notes from Deborah Turbeville, Helmut Newton, Christian Lacroix). Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The Late Franca Sozzani Continues to Be Celebrated With a New Book and a Charitable Auction," 12 Feb. 2019 Winter then coupled the phage display technique with directed evolution to produce new antibodies for the immune system to identify threats. Umair Irfan, Vox, "3 scientists sped up evolution in a lab. Their work just won a Nobel Prize.," 3 Oct. 2018 Jostling in their most high-profile debate since their primary field was whittled to two, the Democrats on Thursday coupled their demands for a bolder vision — and more revenue — with disparate pitches. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "With few policy differences, Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie put focus on experience," 18 May 2018 The event’s success, coupled with the fondness that Rye’s founder and former executive chef, Tyler Morris, has for Russ & Daughters — the New York specialty foods shop and café — led the Rye team to open Lox. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Rye's chef goes for bold flavors (like this paprika octopus) but keeps the menu simple," 17 Apr. 2018 These pink box braids coupled with cornrows in the front, plus a side of baby hair, are such a vibe. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "13 Gorgeous Cornrows Photos to Inspire Your Next Look," 30 Jan. 2019 The longer lifespan coupled with the wage gap mean that women can and need to take on more risk with their investments. Ellen Sheng, Marie Claire, "Women Need to Think About Investing Differently Than Men," 30 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This position also makes for a really cute couple photo. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "17 Kissing Positions You Should Try During Your Next Makeout Session," 9 Apr. 2019 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

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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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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 How to pronounce couple (audio) \

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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