\ 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 Strangely for a seminary professor, Moore's poem strips St. Nick of religious rhyme and reasons. Daniel Burke, CNN, "St. Nicholas: The story behind Santa Claus," 6 Dec. 2019 The event will feature songs, rhymes, flannel stories, board books and fun with instruments. Arkansas Online, "COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE TRI-LAKES AREA," 3 Dec. 2019 Local harpist Debbie Vinick will perform favorite children’s songs and rhymes in this gentle, sensory-sensitive program. courant.com, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 27 Nov. 2019 There’s a rhyme and a reason and there’s a method to the madness. Josh Bean | Jbean@al.com, al, "What’s The Matrix? Inside Mountain Brook’s unique offense," 8 Nov. 2019 Freestyle Love Supreme has a cheery, communal vibe to it, with the audience being active participants in the cast’s impressive, on-the-spot crafting of songs and rhymes. Jessica Derschowitz, EW.com, "Freestyle Love Supreme hits Broadway with its infectious blend of wit and rhymes," 3 Oct. 2019 Although the lyrics are well supplied with rhymes, the melodies proceed largely without catchy refrains or singalong hooks. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "Big Thief transcends ‘folk’ at 9:30 Club," 11 Nov. 2019 There’s no rhyme to it, except for what’s available in abundance. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Michelin-starred chefs’ sequel restaurant Wherewithall is sensational," 18 Oct. 2019 Ill beats, tight rhymes, fly samples and boundless charisma on the mic. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Queens rapper Homeboy Sandman is back with a classic," 18 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Smino, rapper & singer This St. Louis native combines skillful rhyming with melodic singing wrapped in a neo-soul package. Fortune Staff, Fortune, "2020 Crystal Ball: Predictions for the Economy, Politics, Technology, and More," 2 Dec. 2019 Here are three kind, talented, sweet, lithe (rhymes with Blythe!), wonderful women. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gwyneth Paltrow's 15-Year-Old Daughter, Apple, Looks Like Her Twin in Rare Instagram Appearance," 28 Sep. 2019 Even as rhymes ricochet about, the whole seems to eddy from the walls into the room’s center. BostonGlobe.com, "The installation nods outward to the space it inhabits. Even as rhymes ricochet about, the whole seems to eddy from the walls into the room’s center.," 31 Oct. 2019 Reading, rhyming, singing and talking influence language and literacy development in young children. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "All good things, like this, must come to an end: Whit & Whimsey," 18 Oct. 2019 Neither Sanyal nor Peter Bittenbender, Mass Appeal’s CEO, believes the fact that DIVINE rhymes in Hindi, a language that isn’t as widely spoken as English or Spanish in those territories, will be an obstacle. Amit Gurbaxani, Billboard, "Hindi Rapper Divine On Why He Signed With Mass Appeal India: 'It's Nas, Bro'," 13 Sep. 2019 That could be said for Moore, a struggling comedian and actor who became a rhyming, rapping raconteur and rode his Dolemite character — complete with groovy fashion ensembles and the ever-present pimp cane — to big-screen glory. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "TIFF: Why Netflix's 'Dolemite Is My Name' is Eddie Murphy's greatest-hits role," 8 Sep. 2019 That's a rarity these days when most emerging rappers' slack rhymes sound more like singing than actual rapping, but there's nothing tossed-off about Stallion's delivery. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Megan Thee Stallion brings 'Hot Girl Summer' to empowering Milwaukee show, and shows she's here to stay," 6 Sep. 2019 My surname is Levine, which not so helpfully rhymes with... this. Nick Levine, refinery29.com, "Nicola Coughlan From Derry Girls Made The Best Point About Male Nicknames," 24 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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11 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Rhyme.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhymed. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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.


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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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