\ ˈrīm \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of rhyme

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : rhyming verse
(2) : poetry
b : a composition in verse that rhymes
2a : correspondence in terminal sounds of units of composition or utterance (such as two or more words or lines of verse)
b : one of two or more words thus corresponding in sound
c : correspondence of other than terminal word sounds: such as
(1) : alliteration


variants: or less commonly rime
rhymed also rimed; rhyming also riming

Definition of rhyme (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to relate or praise in rhyming verse
2a : to put into rhyme
b : to compose (verse) in rhyme
c : to cause to rhyme : use as rhyme

intransitive verb

1 : to make rhymes also : to compose rhyming verse
2 of a word or verse : to end in syllables that are rhymes
3 : to be in accord : harmonize

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Other Words from rhyme


rhymeless adjective


rhymer noun

Examples of rhyme in a Sentence


She used “moon” as a rhyme for “June.” He couldn't think of a rhyme for “orange.” They're learning about meter and rhyme.


Please find the two lines that rhyme. She rhymed “moon” with “June.”
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The movie features voice work from Simon Pegg, Gillian Anderson, and Rob Brydon, and its rhymes are as delightful as can be. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "A dozen streamable shows and movies that kids can watch (and parents will like)," 24 Dec. 2018 As seen in videos captured at the high-energy show, Millie bounded onstage just in time for the rap break and flawlessly spit the rhymes while running and jumping all across the massive stage. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Millie Bobby Brown Rapped Cardi B's Part in "Girls Like You" at Maroon 5's Nashville Concert," 24 Sep. 2018 From the iconic guitar riffs of Joan Jett to the new wave trailblazing of bassist Tina Weymouth to the rhymes of Salt-n-Pepa, women have made an indelible mark on the legacy of rock and roll. cleveland.com, "Madonna to Janet: 24 Rock Hall artifacts for Women's History Month," 8 Mar. 2018 He, the essayist, presents himself unshielded by meter and rhyme, unclothed by the fabrications of dazzling tale telling. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "‘Essayism’ Review: Tell Me a Bit (Less) About Yourself," 30 Nov. 2018 There's no rhyme to share, and eat it by bear (ph). Fox News, "Media coverage of Mollie Tibbetts' murder," 23 Aug. 2018 In the script, her name was Chloris, which didn't match the syllable count or rhyme with the female body part in question. Marc Freeman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Seinfeld' Finale at 20: Hidden Tales From the Vault of a Comedian's Bizarro World," 13 May 2018 Miller's rhymes often dealt with his depression and drug use, and his fans and collaborators included some of hip-hop's biggest names. Fox News, "Autopsy performed on rapper Mac Miller, more tests needed, says LA County coroner," 10 Sep. 2018 The rhymes Jessica and her rescuers sang to each other through the well. Jess Bidgood, New York Times, "What Did Baby Jessica Think of the Thai Cave Rescue? She Had No Idea It Happened," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The makeup artist James Kaliardos, cofounder of Visionaire, has a way of translating references into pigments, like the recent geometric eye shadow that rhymed with exaggerated shoulders. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Rodarte's Laura and Kate Mulleavy Talk Gender in Fashion, Floral Infatuations, and Their Dream Beauty Project," 14 Nov. 2018 Not only do the beat and rhythm of the words leave the reader in a sort of trance-like state, but the message behind the rhyming teaches readers significant life lessons. Alicia Harper, Redbook, "4 Children's Books That Rock," 10 Feb. 2012 Forget the silly rhymes about bunny ears, and just show your kids Colton's demonstration. Kelly O'sullivan, Woman's Day, "This 5-Year-Old's Genius Method For Tying Shoes Is Going Mega Viral," 25 Jan. 2017 Here, Drake rhymes about how special his partner is at the moment. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Decoding All of Drake's References on 'In My Feelings'," 13 July 2018 Richardson uses words impishly, rhyming, punning and twisting idioms at a prodigious rate. Giles Harvey, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: ‘The Totally Football Show With James Richardson’," 3 July 2018 The first hints for finding the loot were printed in the next Sunday’s paper, and daily rhyming clues followed until the treasure was found nearly two weeks later. Bill Van Niekerken, San Francisco Chronicle, "When the Emperor Norton Treasure Hunt turned San Francisco upside down," 8 May 2018 Run Wild’ by David Covell David Covell’s rhyming, highly sensory book follows an indoor kid into the wilds of Maine in summer. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "A 3-Year-Old Reviews Outdoorsy Kids' Books," 5 July 2018 Her ability to nail small details make even her raunchiest rhymes relatable. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "CupcakKe pops with raucous and funny sex raps: 'There’s a lot to talk about outside of picking up a pistol’," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of rhyme


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for rhyme


Middle English rime, from Anglo-French

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English Language Learners Definition of rhyme

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one of two or more words or phrases that end in the same sounds
: a poem or song whose lines end in rhymes
: the use of rhymes in a poem or song



English Language Learners Definition of rhyme (Entry 2 of 2)

: to have or end with the same sounds
: to have lines that end with the same sounds
: to use (a rhyme) in a poem, song, etc.


\ ˈrīm\

Kids Definition of rhyme

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : close similarity in the final sounds of two or more words or lines of writing
2 : a piece of writing (as a poem) whose lines end in similar sounds


rhymed; rhyming

Kids Definition of rhyme (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to end with the same sound “Bug” rhymes with “rug.”
2 : to have lines that end with the same sound Not all poems rhyme.
3 : to cause lines or words to end with a similar sound He rhymed “moon” with “June.”

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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about rhyme

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