\ 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 Following an interview with guests, Sophia and Rechelle always ask their guests to freestyle some rhymes to commemorate their discussion. Ashley Rushford, Essence, "ESSENCE Fashion House NYC: Justine Skye Sits Down With Girls United For Podcast, “Magic Unfiltered”," 7 Sep. 2019 Payton was darn good at spitting rhyme, and most of the Bears were pretty bad at dancing. SI.com, "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019 Historically, this rhyme has poked fun at the tax-shy American public. The Economist, "France is giving unilateralism a go," 22 Aug. 2019 The school of profitable rhymes As an adolescent obsessed with rap music, Trajik befriended record store clerks who sold albums to him before their official release dates. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "He's taking the stairs, not the elevator, but Indianapolis rapper Trajik just keeps rising," 22 Aug. 2019 Flip on the stereo, rhyme over a beat, quickly collect donations. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Rapper Tone Oliver makes up to $200 a day on BART. Should he be barred from busking?," 18 Aug. 2019 Kiyoshi rhythms and rhymes are rooted in social, spiritual, and political awareness. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Star octogenarian runner visits Camino Hills," 16 Aug. 2019 Rico Nasty’s manic demeanor, which included the formation of a mosh pit in the sweltering heat on Friday in between the New York rap phenom’s blistering rhymes. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, "My Dad's Time-Traveling Take on Pitchfork Music Festival 2019," 22 July 2019 Here, the sounds and the streets intertwine: beats and rhymes, breaks and spins—a whole art form born from just two turntables and a microphone. National Geographic, "Hear the 10 essential sounds of America," 23 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Protesters have responded by vandalizing stations, destroying equipment such as ticket machines, and referring to the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) with this derogatory term, which rhymes with the actual name of the MTR in Cantonese. Time, "Hong Kong's Protestors Have Their Own Special Slang. Here's a Glossary of Some Common Terms," 6 Sep. 2019 And Blough — whose name fittingly rhymes with wow — has a flair for it. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "This Detroit Lions QB has magic tricks that will blow your mind," 12 Sep. 2019 Louisville police have started to gather outside the Galt House, along with some protesters – including one with some Dr. Seuss-style rhymes about Greenland. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "LIVE UPDATES: Follow what's happening today as Trump visits Louisville," 21 Aug. 2019 History rhymes: The massive protests in Hong Kong have happened to coincide with one of the most tragic demonstrations in British history. Christopher J. Scalia, National Review, "From England in 1819 to Hong Kong in 2019," 16 Aug. 2019 Last: Empressentials: Must not have been published before, must rhyme flawlessly, yada yada yada . . . Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1345: The confaketionary — food fictoids," 15 Aug. 2019 Conservation rhymes with National Geographic and old people. Chloe Malle, WSJ, "How One Nonprofit Is Using Venture-Capital Tactics to Help Save Africa’s Last 20,000 Wild Lions," 28 June 2019 Many Imagineers who worked on the attraction were honored in a mock cemetery at Disneyland bordering the ride queue, its gravestones etched with rhyming epitaphs. Nancy Coleman, New York Times, "Disney’s Haunted Mansion at 50: The Ghosts Are Still Grinning," 16 Aug. 2019 Stories, rhymes, songs, and music followed by a visit from an animal guest. Outdoor Movie: Thursday, 8/15, at 8 p.m. Watch How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World on the lawn. courant.com, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 7 Aug. 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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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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