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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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 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 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 Or check out this Phoenix Suns themed poster that Josh Saad used to ask Alana Campos — three player puns and a couplet in one sign! Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "High schoolers look to Arizona athletes for the ultimate competition: promposals," 16 Apr. 2018 Lehrer's work bounced the absurdities and paranoias of that period back at us, in rhymed couplets and a bouncy piano beat. Michael Hiltzik,, "A few words (wasted) about Tom Lehrer on his 90th birthday," 9 Apr. 2018 The high-speed arterial couplets are great at moving large volumes of regional traffic. Anchorage Daily News, "Housing alone won’t revitalize downtown Anchorage," 5 Mar. 2018 With all the Broadway pizzazz anyone could want, the hilarious Something Rotten! has arrived at the Academy of Music (through March 4) with codpieces blazing and couplets rhyming. Toby Zinman,, "'Something Rotten!' at Academy of Music is something hilarious," 28 Feb. 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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