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

Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole might have officially split over the summer, but the former couple and parents of little Bear are still keeping things amicable. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Cheryl Cole Opens Up About Her Breakup With Liam Payne," 12 Jan. 2019 In other Russian holiday disasters, seven people including a couple and their three children died in a house fire in the town of Orsk, 1,500 kilometers (900 miles) southeast of Moscow, Interfax reported. Jim Heintz, The Seattle Times, "Russian baby rescued after nearly 36 hours in frozen rubble," 2 Jan. 2019 What’s left among Microsoft’s list of PC deals this year are generally less-expensive notebooks and desktops with hefty percentage discounts amounting to a couple of hundred dollars or so. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Cyber Monday laptop deals are going fast—here are the best we found," 26 Nov. 2018 The 36-year-old actress, who appears in the channel’s upcoming Christmas movie Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe, already has an impressive Hallmark resume, in addition to a couple of very recognizable big-screen roles. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "Who Is Lacey Chabert? Meet the Star of the Hallmark Christmas Movie, ‘Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe'," 23 Nov. 2018 The couple and their guests are starting to share images of the intimate event on social media, including a look at the bride's stunning wedding dress, designed by one of her favorite designers. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Here's Your First Look at Mandy Moore's Dreamy Rodarte Wedding Dress," 19 Nov. 2018 Courtesy Hay Hay was founded in 2002 by Mette and Rolf Hay, a married couple, and businessman Troels Holch Povlsen. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Is America ready for Denmark’s coolest design brand?," 1 Nov. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While that might be debatable, MacKenzie's historic reticence coupled with the scale of their divorce, makes her a fascinating figure. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "Who Will Get the First MacKenzie Bezos Interview?," 10 Jan. 2019 That effort, coupled with the recent government push to foster the development of companies dedicated to electric and hybrid cars, helped build up enough knowledge and momentum to give birth to companies like NIO and Xpeng. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla’s competition for the Model Y is growing quickly in China," 21 Dec. 2018 Like the Bolt and Leaf, the Kona EV is front-wheel drive, with a 201hp (150kW), 291lb-ft (395Nm) permanent magnet synchronous motor coupled to a single-speed reduction gear. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The new 2019 Hyundai Kona EV is a clever little electric crossover," 24 Oct. 2018 With the Spectre x360 15, HP is still providing quad-core 8th-gen Core parts, coupled with Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "HP Spectre x360 15 (2018) hands on: HP's convertible notebook leaps to six cores," 23 Oct. 2018 The touches of blonde coupled with the reds remind us of strawberries and champagne. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "15 Celebrities Who Prove a Dye Job Makes a Huge Difference," 18 Oct. 2018 That cool, calming quality — coupled with an ability to quickly learn new things — means that llamas make excellent therapy animals for both the elderly and children with special needs. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "6 Things You Should to Know Before Getting a Pet Llama or Alpaca," 23 July 2018 For instance, the Senna’s predecessor, the P1, which was introduced in 2013, used an electric motor coupled to a gasoline engine to improve the car’s performance as well as reduce emissions. Stanley Reed, New York Times, "McLaren’s Formula One History Drives It on the Streets," 5 Apr. 2018 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

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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