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

Here's a brief look at some new AR games and a couple of high-profile titles debuting soon for both iOS and Android. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "Explore augmented reality with 'Harry Potter,' 'Jurassic World,' and 'Angry Birds' games," 6 July 2019 Sweda Mittelstadt won the race on the road, passing Papillon when the race hit the final stretch a couple of blocks from the finish line. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Mount Marathon cancels junior race, but kids run anyway," 5 July 2019 After a couple of wins in the World Series everyone could feel it. Steve Brand, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Injuries can’t keep this player down," 5 July 2019 The highest temperature ever recorded at Anchorage’s official station was 85 degrees, while other stations in the area have gone a couple of degrees higher. Mike Baker, New York Times, "Anchorage Has Never Reached 90 Degrees. That Could Change This Week.," 4 July 2019 Granted, the skipper has flashed a couple of postgame scowls here and there. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Newman: Credit Bud Black’s steely demeanor for keeping Rockies on track amid roller-coaster first half," 3 July 2019 It's anchored by a couple of excellent ranchers: K Bar K from Pottsboro and Buck Creek from Paducah. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "Shoppers love the small-town feel of this Frisco farmers market," 2 July 2019 The two partnerships tap into a couple of the fastest-growing trends in video gaming and entertainment right now. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Malls are catering to a new type of customer: gamers," 1 July 2019 Brogdon had several suitors, and Indiana had to part ways with a couple of picks in order to complete a sign-and-trade for him. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Some question, most love Pacers' signings of Brogdan, Lamb," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

More than 600 gleaming objects demonstrate the grit and drive of a company that carefully coupled evolving technology with individual craftsmanship. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "With this glittering display of silver, a Providence rags-to-riches tale," 3 July 2019 That, coupled with high levels of non-white immigration and a decline in the percentage of whites overall in America, has helped to racialize the Patriot movement, which in the past was not primarily motivated by race hate. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Colin Kaepernick reportedly asked Nike not to release a shoe with a Revolutionary War-era flag, enraging Ted Cruz and the governor of Arizona.," 2 July 2019 June began with a surprisingly weak U.S. payrolls number that, coupled with trade concerns and a slew of tepid U.S. manufacturing reports, has made a July rate cut a virtual certainty based on futures bets. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Market High from Trump-Xi Trade Truce May Not Last," 29 June 2019 That, coupled with the bad box office, led to a $130.2 million loss in its most recent quarter. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Hollywood is having a bad summer. It's killing movie theater stocks," 24 June 2019 This, coupled with shredded carrots, creates for a colorful pinkish-orange hue. Claire Perez, sun-sentinel.com, "Smoked jalapeno gives Mason Jar’s tuna salad a twist," 21 June 2019 That, coupled with a poor television deal and a lack of local revenue, has made the franchise ripe for relocation. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Tampa Bay Rays approved to explore two city stadium solution with Montreal," 20 June 2019 Every few days the Islanders must couple-up (sharing beds!), and those who fail to find a partner to couple-up with risk being dumped from the island. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Love Island Fans, Meet Your New Host! Comedian Arielle Vandenberg to Preside Over U.S. Version," 20 June 2019 The Reds' win over Cleveland on Wednesday coupled with a Pittsburgh loss in Atlanta allowed them to leapfrog the Pirates and move into fourth place by a half-game. Mark Schmetzer, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds notes: Club no longer last in NL Central, thanks to Pittsburgh Pirates," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Before bringing dad into one of Native Roots’ eight Denver-area locations, give him a primer on the brand’s website, which includes a thorough rundown of products, from 30 flower strains to a couple dozen edibles. Josie Sexton, The Know, "Where to buy pot in Denver with your dad on Father’s Day," 13 June 2019 From the screenwriter of Jurassic Park and a couple dozen other movies comes Cold Storage, a thriller that follows Pentagon bioterror operative Roberto Diaz as he's faced with a deadly being from his past. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Ars To-Be-Read: Our most anticipated books for the second half of 2019," 8 June 2019 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

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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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