rhyme

noun
\ 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
(1) : alliteration

rhyme

verb
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

Noun

rhymeless adjective

Verb

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

The Palmer Squares — The hip-hop duo out of Chicago is fast with a fresh rhyme. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "TLC and more: 5 concerts for your Orlando area weekend," 28 June 2019 Only a few operatic libretti repay close attention; the lyrics of the American Songbook, by contrast, dazzle with their audacious rhymes, humor, and fantastical conceits. Heather Mac Donald, National Review, "The American Songbook," 22 Aug. 2019 Enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and music followed by an art activity to follow the day’s theme. Garden Club: Wednesdays, 8/14, at 4 p.m. Families will garden outside and do a garden activity each week. courant.com, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 7 Aug. 2019 At least one song breaks the answer to the question down in rhyme. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Netflix's funny 'StoryBots:' John Legend, Jennifer Garner and other A-listers star in Season 3," 1 Aug. 2019 Enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, movement and activities followed by playtime. courant.com, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 26 July 2019 Wait…that’s not how the famous Joyce Kilmer rhyme goes. Jeffrey Bauman, ELLE Decor, "You’ll Never Look at a Tree the Same Way After Seeing These Artworks," 12 July 2019 Ohashi accepted her best play trophy by giving her remarks in rhyme. Washington Post, "Alex Morgan, US women’s soccer team honored at The ESPYS," 11 July 2019 Iconic fashion, super-speed rhymes, and history-making awards are only some of them. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Cardi B Was Denied the Trademark to Catchphrase "Okurrr"," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Maybe something that rhymes with her daughter and son’s nicknames, Tay and Bray!? Megan Stein, Country Living, "‘Flip or Flop’ Star Christina El Moussa Posts Stunning Bikini Photo at 34 Weeks Pregnant," 3 Aug. 2019 Stories, rhymes, songs, and music followed by a visit from an animal guest. courant.com, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of rhyme

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for rhyme

Noun

Middle English rime, from Anglo-French

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More Definitions for rhyme

rhyme

noun

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

rhyme

verb

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.

rhyme

noun
\ 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

rhyme

verb
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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More from Merriam-Webster on rhyme

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with rhyme

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for rhyme

Spanish Central: Translation of rhyme

Nglish: Translation of rhyme for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of rhyme for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about rhyme

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