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couple

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noun cou·ple \ˈkə-pəl; “couple of” is often ˌkə-plə(v)\

Definition of couple

  1. 1 a :  two persons married, engaged, or otherwise romantically paired b :  two persons paired together

  2. 2 :  pair, brace

  3. 3 :  something that joins or links two things together: as a :  two equal and opposite forces that act along parallel lines b :  a pair of substances that in contact with an electrolyte participate in a transfer of electrons which causes an electric current to flow

  4. 4 :  an indefinite small number :  few <a couple of days ago>

coupledom

play \-dəm\ noun

Examples of couple in a sentence

  1. Are they a couple? No, they are just good friends.

  2. Seventeen couples participated in the survey.

Origin and Etymology of couple

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


First Known Use: 13th century


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couple

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verb cou·ple \ˈkə-pəl\

Definition of couple

coupled

coupling

play \-p(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to connect for consideration together b :  to join for combined effect

  3. 2 a :  to fasten together :  link b :  to bring (two electric circuits) into such close proximity as to permit mutual influence

  4. 3 :  to join in marriage or sexual union

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to unite in sexual union

  7. 2 :  join

  8. 3 :  to unite chemically

Examples of couple in a sentence

  1. a device that makes it possible to couple the pieces

  2. The coils are loosely coupled.

  3. The wire is coupled to the terminal.

  4. It took an hour to couple the trailer to the truck.

13th Century

First Known Use of couple

13th century


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couple

adjective cou·ple

Definition of couple

  1. :  two; also :  few —used with a <a couple drinks>

Usage Discussion of couple

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 (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>.

1924

First Known Use of couple

1924



COUPLE Defined for English Language Learners

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couple

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noun cou·ple \ˈkə-pəl; “couple of” is often ˌkə-plə(v)\

Definition of couple for English Language Learners

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

  • : two people or things that are together


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couple

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verb cou·ple \ˈkə-pəl\

Definition of couple for English Language Learners

  • : to join (two things) together

  • : to join (something) to something else


COUPLE Defined for Kids

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couple

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noun cou·ple \ˈkəp-əl\

Definition of couple for Students

  1. 1 :  two people who are married or in a romantic relationship

  2. 2 :  two people or things paired together <Line up in couples.>

  3. 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.>


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couple

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verb cou·ple

Definition of couple for Students

coupled

coupling

  1. 1 :  to join or link together :  connect <Workers coupled freight cars.>

  2. 2 :  to join in pairs



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