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rhyme

noun \ ˈrīm \
variants: or less commonly
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of rhyme

1 a (1) : rhyming verse
(2) : poetry
b : a composition in verse that rhymes
2 a : 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

rhymeless

adjective

Examples of rhyme in a Sentence

  1. She used “moon” as a rhyme for “June.”

  2. He couldn't think of a rhyme for “orange.”

  3. They're learning about meter and rhyme.

Recent Examples of rhyme from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of rhyme

Middle English rime, from Anglo-French


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rhyme

verb
variants: or less commonly rime

Definition of rhyme

rhymed also rimed; rhyming also riming
transitive verb
1 : to relate or praise in rhyming verse
2 a : 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

rhymer

noun

Examples of rhyme in a Sentence

  1. Please find the two lines that rhyme.

  2. She rhymed “moon” with “June.”

Recent Examples of rhyme from the Web

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First Known Use of rhyme

14th century

rhyme Synonyms


RHYME Defined for English Language Learners

rhyme

noun

Definition of rhyme for English Language Learners

  • : 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


rhyme

verb

Definition of rhyme for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


RHYME Defined for Kids

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rhyme

noun \ ˈrīm \

Definition of rhyme for Students

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

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rhyme

verb

Definition of rhyme for Students

rhymed; rhyming
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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