\ 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 Headley employs rhyme often, effectively fusing medieval ornament and the sound of modern rap and spoken-word poetry. Irina Dumitrescu, The New York Review of Books, "Dudes Without Heirs," 17 Nov. 2020 Following a good-natured rhyme about a pelican, Defy heads inside with his men as Weff anxiously sits in the car, paralyzed by his OCD ticks. Nick Schager, EW.com, "Fargo recap: How low can you go?," 9 Nov. 2020 Carabosse delivers her curse and snide remarks in a rap-style rhyme (her voice is humorously provided by Magic 107.7 FM radio’s Chad Pitt). Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Less heart but more humor in Orlando Ballet’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ | Review," 23 Oct. 2020 In classic Dahl fashion, there’s a surfeit of jokes about bodily functions, an unkind depiction of a fat kid as a greedy idiot, and vividly drawn villains who speak in rhyme. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "The New Adaptation of The Witches Is Almost Too Much Fun," 22 Oct. 2020 Inspired by Rudyard Kipling and Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Clark shunned free verse in favor of meter and rhyme, composing primarily in ballad form. Carson Vaughan, Smithsonian Magazine, "Saddle Up With Badger Clark, America’s Forgotten Cowboy Poet," 17 Sep. 2020 Hernandez seems to have a rhyme at hand for the moment. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Ayala: San Antonio public housing resident challenges stereotypes, overcomes trauma to write a children’s book," 10 Sep. 2020 But that assumption overlooks the star power on display: Cardi and Megan are both electrifying on the mic, their rhyme-trading over a simple beat and Frank Ski sample marked by undeniable personality and unforgettable wordplay. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Five Burning Questions: Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's 'WAP' Scores Historic No. 1 Debut," 18 Aug. 2020 Following close behind is another children’s book: The Cat in the Hat, a rhyme-heavy Dr. Seuss classic published in 1957. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "New York Public Library Announces Its Most Borrowed Books of All Time," 14 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The point of Heaney’s concluding phrase is that, of course, hope and history do not rhyme in any existing language. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "Night and Day," 26 Aug. 2020 The tenor of Robyn’s music seemed to rhyme with my own, often contradictory instincts, so much so that the experience of it struck me as indulgence. Rachelvoronacote, Longreads, "Carly Rae Jepsen’s Exhilarating, Emotionally Intelligent Pop Music," 10 Aug. 2020 If, like us, your recollection of automotive lore‑the firing order of a 1970 Boss 302, for example—exceeds your recollection of ninth-grade algebra, then the green and yellow livery of this Lotus Esprit Turbo SE should rhyme. John Phillips, Car and Driver, "Tested: Lotus Esprit Jim Clark Edition Honors a Racing Hero," 18 June 2020 His friend, Ira Gershwin, told him to get the pencil and a rhyming dictionary and start writing songs. John Blake, CNN, "What Americans who beat the Great Depression can teach us today," 7 May 2020 Differences in rhyming pattern are those of brain functions. Ann Kjellberg, The New York Review of Books, "Beyond Meaning: Joseph Brodsky’s Poetry of Exile," 11 May 2020 But the most important piece of legislation rhyming with GDPR right now is the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which comes into force on January 1st. The Economist, "The data sheriffs Companies should take California’s new data-privacy law seriously," 18 Dec. 2019 The hope is that The Come Up Game's layer of self-expression, in terms of fashion, rhyming, and character agency, will create that sort of player oasis. Julie Muncy, Wired, "Insecure Is Getting a Mobile Game Made by a Woman-Run Studio," 27 Mar. 2020 Others, like comedian and writer Naveen Richard in English, have used coronavirus as a pick-up line, rhyming corona, China, and Barcelona while at it. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "In India, the coronavirus outbreak has inspired some racist and sexist music," 10 Mar. 2020

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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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24 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rhyme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhyme. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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