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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Synonyms for couplet


brace, couple, duo, dyad, pair, twain, twosome

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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

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There’s something about Dounia’s cool couplets overtop a slow step-soul beat that feel crisp and salty. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "How Dounia Changed Her "Internet Narrative" From Influencer Model to Up-and-Coming Pop-R&B Star," 20 June 2019 Bimbo spat into his palm and tried rubbing the foul couplet away, but it was written in permanent marker. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019 The Heritage Lab uploaded a painting of Zeb-un-Nissa by Abanindranath Tagore and asked its followers to complete a couplet by the Mughal princess-poet in English. Shailaja Tripathi, Quartz India, "Meet the people trying to show Indians that museums are for more than school trips," 31 May 2019 Part breakup song, part defiant anthem of belonging, the long poem that makes up Pico’s third book is divided into sassy but vulnerable couplets. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy," 29 May 2018 Note the way slant and full rhyming couplets provide graceful rails for this poem’s difficult subject. Carol Muske-dukes, New York Times, "The Year the Law Changed," 25 Apr. 2018 For Red Bull Theater, David Ives, a playwright who knows his way around a couplet, adapts an obscure 18th-century French farce about poetry-mad Parisians. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "15 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend," 19 Apr. 2018 Only in the second act, with the onerous exposition out of the way, do the couplets begin to give birth to satisfying story. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Rhyme Gone Wild in ‘The Metromaniacs’," 22 Apr. 2018 Indeed, a quick review of the text indicates that the reproofs are arranged in four couplets, increasing in severity. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, "Let's be thankful for our blessings," 7 May 2018

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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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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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not constant or steady

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