\ˈrīm \
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

(1) : alliteration

(2) : internal rhyme


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


She used “moon” as a rhyme for “June.” He couldn't think of a rhyme for “orange.” They're learning about meter and rhyme.


Please find the two lines that rhyme. She rhymed “moon” with “June.”
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Miller's rhymes often dealt with his depression and drug use, and his fans and collaborators included some of hip-hop's biggest names. Fox News, "Autopsy performed on rapper Mac Miller, more tests needed, says LA County coroner," 10 Sep. 2018 The rhymes Jessica and her rescuers sang to each other through the well. Jess Bidgood, New York Times, "What Did Baby Jessica Think of the Thai Cave Rescue? She Had No Idea It Happened," 11 July 2018 Moments later, a chorus exchanged classic rock lyrics for feminist rhymes as a group of women dressed in angel costumes walked by. Muhammad Darwish, CNN, "Ireland's yes voters celebrate a 'leap forward' in landmark vote on abortion," 26 May 2018 Borrowing some grime slang in the process, Drake saves his most honest rhymes for the last verse. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Drake Isn’t Finished With Pusha T Yet — Or Kanye West & Beyoncé — In A New Freestyle," 8 July 2018 The texts, to be spoken by the percussionist, came from a bewildering array of sources: obscure passages from Twain and Dickens, a Mother Goose rhyme. David Weininger, BostonGlobe.com, "Category-defying music, left-wing stance in composer’s provocative piece," 6 June 2018 Lamar is a tenacious wordsmith, unparalleled as a rhyme slinger in contemporary hip-hop. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Why Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer Prize matters," 16 Apr. 2018 There is no person at the end of the dealing, no character at the end of the rhyme. Josie Duffy Rice, The Atlantic, "The Gospel According to Pusha T," 12 July 2018 Not only does this rhyme, but this name is the perfect French abbreviation for the Jonas Brothers. 9. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: The Indians' Surprisingly Bad Bullpen, the State of the NL West and Culberson's Magic," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Forget the silly rhymes about bunny ears, and just show your kids Colton's demonstration. Kelly O'sullivan, Woman's Day, "This 5-Year-Old's Genius Method For Tying Shoes Is Going Mega Viral," 25 Jan. 2017 Here, Drake rhymes about how special his partner is at the moment. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Decoding All of Drake's References on 'In My Feelings'," 13 July 2018 Richardson uses words impishly, rhyming, punning and twisting idioms at a prodigious rate. Giles Harvey, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: ‘The Totally Football Show With James Richardson’," 3 July 2018 The first hints for finding the loot were printed in the next Sunday’s paper, and daily rhyming clues followed until the treasure was found nearly two weeks later. Bill Van Niekerken, San Francisco Chronicle, "When the Emperor Norton Treasure Hunt turned San Francisco upside down," 8 May 2018 Run Wild’ by David Covell David Covell’s rhyming, highly sensory book follows an indoor kid into the wilds of Maine in summer. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "A 3-Year-Old Reviews Outdoorsy Kids' Books," 5 July 2018 Her ability to nail small details make even her raunchiest rhymes relatable. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "CupcakKe pops with raucous and funny sex raps: 'There’s a lot to talk about outside of picking up a pistol’," 15 Feb. 2018 Continue past Lonely Dell to hike along the Paria (rhymes with Maria) River. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Lees Ferry: Gateway to Grand Canyon rafting and the Colorado River," 9 July 2018 The state’s cuisine is spreading across the country, driven by the popularity of poke (rhymes with OK). Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "10 great places to try Hawaiian poke on the mainland," 18 May 2018

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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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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.



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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