\ ˈrīm How to pronounce rhyme (audio) \
variants: or less commonly rime

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

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.”
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The onslaught, however, continues in the 4th verse, when Game takes on his former label and its former boss (Jimmy Iovine) and long-estranged rhyme accomplice 50 Cent before tripling-down on Marshall. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 12 Aug. 2022 Kidney beans also provide insoluble fibers called alpha-galactosides, whose side effects are the inspiration for that old childhood rhyme about beans. Cate Geiger Kalus, Country Living, 8 Aug. 2022 The four-image lineup hops continents, one visual rhyme at a time. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 Its distinctive, bright colors of red, yellow and black are easy to see and inspired an old rhyme about red touching yellow to differentiate the venomous coral snake from the non-venomous imposter the scarlet kingsnake. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 1 Aug. 2022 By this point in his career, Kendrick clearly understood his place in rap’s hierarchy and made sure not to waste a breath with any rhyme. Michael Saponara, Billboard, 9 May 2022 This was a Paulie music-hall pastiche, paraphrasing the public-domain (i.e. free) fleecy kids’ rhyme, written by Sarah Josepha Hale and Lowell Mason, in 1830. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 20 July 2022 Hip-hop has always co-mingled with pop, but one big story of the past decade or so has been the dissolving of all boundaries between singing and speaking in rhyme. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 19 July 2022 And his lyrics with Silverman too often wander in search of a rhyme, then, sighting one in the distance, botch it. New York Times, 7 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Any chance that proposed guest's name might rhyme with Pakota Dohnson? Brendan Morrow, The Week, 16 Sep. 2022 His actions rhyme with those of other conservative legislators and school board officials across the country attempting to undermine instruction about identity. Brandon Tensley, CNN, 28 Aug. 2022 There’s a reason most naturalists don’t try to teach that rhyme as a way to distinguish the venomous coral snake from the non-venomous scarlet kingsnake. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 15 Aug. 2022 Lines 1, 2 and 5 of a limerick rhyme with one another, as do Lines 3 and 4. Pat Myers, Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2022 Last year, Hit-Boy netted a Grammy after helming Nas’ lauded album King’s Disease and has since worked with the Queens rhyme slinger on the project’s sequel King’s Disease 2 and Magic. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 11 Aug. 2022 Willie D, a 21-year-old Golden Gloves champ raised by two alcoholic and abusive parents in the Fifth Ward, and known to fight audience members at open mics, was signed on sight, told to act monstrous and rhyme reckless. Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 28 June 2022 Spears is a heart-first performer, who makes Juicy’s moments of anguish rhyme with his shady asides, pointing out how both attitudes flow from a deep deposit of frustrated affection for the sensual world, and a hope for a life of his own making. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 30 May 2022 Born Russell Jones in 1968 in Brooklyn, NY, ODB developed a unique persona and rhyme style that set him apart from his contemporaries. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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rhyme or reason

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21 Aug 2022

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More Definitions for rhyme


\ 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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