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 The elder was singing something in his dull cave, a soft, indecipherable couplet. Vladimir Sorokin, Harper’s Magazine , 20 July 2022 Even though each couplet ends with the same word, the rhymes occur on every other line. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 June 2022 The couplet, and the razor-wire guitar riff around it, serve as an abrupt introduction into Lovato’s new era. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, 10 June 2022 Indeed, around the same time, Auden wrote a famous haiku, and Frank Loesser a famous couplet, about the binding drink of the era, the Martini. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 There was limited road access, so the path and end point of the tornado were estimated by the radar debris signature and the velocity couplet, the weather service said. Leigh Morgan, al, 2 Apr. 2022 For every couplet about facing eviction as a youth while his mother battled alcoholism, there are dozens about his rapid come-up and fractured relationships with women. Washington Post, 28 Nov. 2021 The Patriots and Jets are the first teams this season to complete their intra-divisional couplet. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 26 Oct. 2021 And so that couplet turned into a great piece of advice. Matt Wake |, al, 14 May 2021 See More

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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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23 Jul 2022

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“Couplet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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