couplet

noun cou·plet \ ˈkə-plət \

Definition of couplet

1 :two successive lines of verse forming a unit marked usually by rhythmic correspondence, rhyme, or the inclusion of a self-contained utterance :distich
  • She ended her poem with a rhyming couplet.
2 :couple

Examples of couplet in a Sentence

  1. a poem made up of six couplets

  2. a couplet of statues flank the entrance to the church

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Origin and Etymology of couplet

Middle French, diminutive of Old French cuple, couple — see 1couple


COUPLET Defined for English Language Learners

couplet

noun

Definition of couplet for English Language Learners

  • : two lines of poetry that form a unit


COUPLET Defined for Kids

couplet

noun cou·plet \ ˈkə-plət \

Definition of couplet for Students

:two rhyming lines of verse one after another
  • “The butcher, the baker,/The candlestick maker” is an example of a couplet.

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