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


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



Definition of couple (Entry 3 of 3)

: two also : few used with a a couple drinks

Other Words from couple


coupledom \ ˈkə-​pəl-​dəm How to pronounce couple (audio) \ noun

Is couple an adjective?: Usage Guide


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Blackburn was pregnant with the couple’s second child at the time she was fatally shot in the back of the head. Johnny Magdaleno, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Sep. 2022 A few months after the couple started dating, Rhodes accidentally dropped a gun and shot out his eye. CBS News, 26 Sep. 2022 When the couple exits, Rhaenyra leaves a trail of blood behind her. Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 26 Sep. 2022 Daughter Ilaria Catalina Irena was born Sept. 22, the couple shared, weighing 6 pounds and 13 ounces. Kim Willis, USA TODAY, 26 Sep. 2022 After courting through much of law school, the couple married. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2022 A few months after the couple started dating, Rhodes accidentally dropped a gun and shot out his eye. Jacques Billeaud, The Arizona Republic, 26 Sep. 2022 A few months after the couple started dating, Rhodes accidentally dropped a gun and shot out his eye. Jacques Billeaud And Lindsay Whitehurst, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Sep. 2022 The couple returns with the newborn to a room where Ser Harwin Strong waits. Omar L. Gallaga, Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To couple with Thatcher’s dove grey Dior dress, makeup artist Rob Rumsey opted for a melding of era inspo: the 1920s and the 1960s, plus an aura of rock ’n’ roll. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 13 Sep. 2022 To help close the gap, White House officials have vowed to couple the bill with new regulations, including on automobile tailpipe emissions., 24 Aug. 2022 This leaves Phoebe Siegel to find another person to couple up with. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 23 Aug. 2022 In the latest episode of the feel-good show's second season, host Christy Carlson Ramano helps couple Louie and Alvin, who have come to Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, California, to find a pet to expand their family. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 22 Aug. 2022 Several earlier dating apps aimed at helping conservatives couple up have failed and are now defunct. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 11 Aug. 2022 The twist was later repeated with just one ex-couple each on both season 8 and season 9. Dalton Ross,, 3 Aug. 2022 The timing of Wheeless’ run in Arizona's 4th District may couple well with her background: The Republican Party has courted Hispanic candidates for November's midterm elections as Latinos have trended away from Democrats and toward the GOP. Fox News, 31 July 2022 The Channel 9 reality TV show is back in 2022 with its fourth season, where the contestants couple up and try to stay together while resisting the temptations of new cast members called bombshells. Alicia Vrajlal,, 28 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Saturday night has a couple new offerings: the first being a new documentary on Princess Diana. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 7 Aug. 2022 Handler, 47, shared an Instagram video Monday night of the now ex-couple celebrating their first anniversary together early, while simultaneously breaking the news of their amicable split in the caption. Anthony Robledo, USA TODAY, 19 July 2022 The couple high-fived one another after nailing the move. Naledi Ushe, USA TODAY, 30 June 2022 The Pirates sent 11 hitters to the plate, spraying the ball all over the diamond with five singles that all almost found outfield grass on the bounce, and took advantage of a couple Memorial errors to put the game seemingly out of reach early. Michael Whitlow, Journal Sentinel, 2 June 2022 Kirkconnell publicly apologized for her past behavior, and guest host Emmanuel Acho led the then ex-couple (who later reconnected) into a conversation about race. Kelly Wynne,, 9 June 2022 Lucas hit a pair of threes, and Glenn Taylor Jr. scored off a couple nice drives to fuel a 16-5 run and a 49-45 Beavers lead. oregonlive, 24 Feb. 2022 The park also has a couple new snowshoe trails, the Lake View Ridge Trail and Bluff/Canyon trail, on the northwest side of the lake, accessible off Highway 23 between Lake View Road and Pickerel Slough Road. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Jan. 2022 These guys made one excellent album, then a few that had a couple nice tunes on them. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 12 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of couple


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


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


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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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.


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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