cou·​plet | \ ˈkə-plət How to pronounce couplet (audio) \

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

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Examples of couplet in a Sentence

a poem made up of six couplets a couplet of statues flank the entrance to the church
Recent Examples on the Web And so that couplet turned into a great piece of advice. Matt Wake |, al, 14 May 2021 Hughes has in this poem given the world an enduring form, one with which each of us can write our own version, substituting for the first and third couplet other brutal facts of the world. Anne Boyer, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 The couplet is a useful key to unlocking the themes of her discography. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2021 Perhaps more impressively, Murray is on pace to pull off a statistical couplet no player has ever achieved: 4,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 19 Nov. 2020 The sparrow's novel song ends in a two-tone couplet. Corryn Wetzel, National Geographic, 2 July 2020 There’s a bit of both Frederick Seidel and T.S. Eliot in the press of her sentences, the crisp progress of her rhyming couplets. Dwight Garner, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2020 There’s a couplet that is clearly about George W. Bush, and Prine noticed that some audience members were surprised by it. Rob Tannenbaum, New York Times, 8 Apr. 2020 Instead, the literary giant largely crafted 12-line segments followed by a conclusive couplet. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of couplet

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for couplet

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

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The first known use of couplet was in 1580

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24 May 2021

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“Couplet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of couplet

: two lines of poetry that form a unit


cou·​plet | \ ˈkə-plət How to pronounce couplet (audio) \

Kids Definition of couplet

: 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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