\ ˈrīm How to pronounce rhyme (audio) \
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


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

Noun She used “moon” as a rhyme for “June.” He couldn't think of a rhyme for “orange.” They're learning about meter and rhyme. Verb Please find the two lines that rhyme. She rhymed “moon” with “June.”
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Soon after a clinical trial revealed that remdesivir could shorten coronavirus patients’ recovery, federal officials started sending cases of it directly to medical centers, but with no rhyme nor reason as far as hospitals could tell. Eric Boodman, STAT, "From Houston to Miami, hospitals running short of remdesivir for Covid-19 patients," 10 July 2020 Two readers sent in their favorite reduplicative words, two-part words in which the second half is a repeat or rhyme of the first. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "Super-duper reduplicative words," 2 July 2020 That rhyme has long been how American students were introduced to Christopher Columbus in elementary school. Alicia Lee, CNN, "Why Christopher Columbus wasn't the hero we learned about in school," 12 June 2020 That’s the rhyme millions of schoolchildren learned to warn them that the eastern coral snake is best left alone. Steven Hill, Field & Stream, "10 of the Most Venomous Snakes in the World," 11 June 2020 On his YouTube page, Tank has been spitting Dr. Seuss' infamous rhymes over Dr. Dre's legendary hip-hop beats. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Wisconsin Man Raps Dr. Seuss Books Over Dr. Dre Beats in Hilarious Video Series," 30 Apr. 2020 Wauwatosa Public library hosts a virtual rhyme time. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Coronavirus has closed Milwaukee venues, but places like the zoo and the art museum have gone virtual," 24 Mar. 2020 While some may think the packaging implies that GIF and Jif rhyme, according to the two companies—and a series of accompanying GIFs on GIPHY—the opposite is true. Melissa Locker, Time, "Here’s a Timeline of the Debate About How to Pronounce GIF," 26 Feb. 2020 Its brassy retro-soul sound bears all the hallmarks of a Memphis Stax classic, while Common's potent rhymes provide a rare flirtation with hip-hop. Jon O'brien, Billboard, "Ranking Diane Warren's Oscar-Nominated Songs," 7 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If, like us, your recollection of automotive lore‑the firing order of a 1970 Boss 302, for example—exceeds your recollection of ninth-grade algebra, then the green and yellow livery of this Lotus Esprit Turbo SE should rhyme. John Phillips, Car and Driver, "Tested: Lotus Esprit Jim Clark Edition Honors a Racing Hero," 18 June 2020 His friend, Ira Gershwin, told him to get the pencil and a rhyming dictionary and start writing songs. John Blake, CNN, "What Americans who beat the Great Depression can teach us today," 7 May 2020 Differences in rhyming pattern are those of brain functions. Ann Kjellberg, The New York Review of Books, "Beyond Meaning: Joseph Brodsky’s Poetry of Exile," 11 May 2020 But the most important piece of legislation rhyming with GDPR right now is the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which comes into force on January 1st. The Economist, "The data sheriffs Companies should take California’s new data-privacy law seriously," 18 Dec. 2019 The hope is that The Come Up Game's layer of self-expression, in terms of fashion, rhyming, and character agency, will create that sort of player oasis. Julie Muncy, Wired, "Insecure Is Getting a Mobile Game Made by a Woman-Run Studio," 27 Mar. 2020 Others, like comedian and writer Naveen Richard in English, have used coronavirus as a pick-up line, rhyming corona, China, and Barcelona while at it. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "In India, the coronavirus outbreak has inspired some racist and sexist music," 10 Mar. 2020 Through one such partition is a blur of yellow umbrella that rhymes visually with the yellow phone on the other side. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: At American University Museum, a world of atmosphere," 28 Nov. 2019 Anybody, that is, who is capable of improvising dialogue from audience suggestions, hip-hop style, which means rhyming on the spot. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Broadway’s 'Freestyle Love Supreme’ has different stars every night — maybe Miranda — and is a manic mix of improv and hip-hop," 19 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of rhyme was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

15 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rhyme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhyme. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce rhyme (audio)

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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