\ 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 Here’s hoping that the duo will not leave fans without a strong rhyme to step to for the night. Washington Post, "16 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 20 Feb. 2020 There truly isn’t a time that our friendship could equal a rhyme. Phil Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Princess Beatrice Calls Ellie Goulding Her 'Dearest Friend' in Heartfelt Poem Over Text," 15 Dec. 2019 The best of us can use a joke or a rhyme or a melody to spread a real message in a way that doesn’t immediately turn the listener off. Marissa R. Moss, Los Angeles Times, "From feral hogs to Ben Shapiro, how Americana star Jason Isbell keeps winning Twitter," 7 Aug. 2019 Enjoy rhymes, songs, finger play and board books followed by a short playtime. courant.com, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 6 Dec. 2019 Friday night brings one of the most entertaining karaoke nights in the city: Grab the mic and spit old or new-school rhymes alongside your very own DJ and hype man. Washington Post, "14 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 21 Jan. 2020 The image is rather appealing: fool’s cap and bells, the Elizabethan doublet, the shrewd old eyes darting about, the voice cackling puns and rhymes, barbs and shafts. Herb Caen, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tag, you’re it!, Herb Caen, 1976," 21 Mar. 2018 For me, the bounce and feel of the rhymes and music were about basketball. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Rev Run’s Father Lives Inside His Rap Lyrics," 28 Jan. 2020 An interactive family story time featuring books, rhymes, songs, movement and a small craft. cleveland, "Westlake library keeps the whole family busy during January," 13 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Through one such partition is a blur of yellow umbrella that rhymes visually with the yellow phone on the other side. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: At American University Museum, a world of atmosphere," 28 Nov. 2019 Anybody, that is, who is capable of improvising dialogue from audience suggestions, hip-hop style, which means rhyming on the spot. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Broadway’s 'Freestyle Love Supreme’ has different stars every night — maybe Miranda — and is a manic mix of improv and hip-hop," 19 Sep. 2019 This is no mere pancake—although crepe (rhymes with yep) is French for pancake. Eric Velasco, al, "How to make crepes at home," 26 Dec. 2019 The event will celebrate favorite stories, songs, and rhymes. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Westlake High School seniors pen holiday letters to youngsters: West Shore Chatter," 23 Dec. 2019 That rhymes with Luigi, looks like Luigi, but it's made of ectoplasm. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Luigi’s Mansion 3 review: The most “Nintendo” game from Nintendo in years," 28 Oct. 2019 And our show concludes with a rhyming tribute to the thousands of viewers who visited us this year. CNN, "CNN 10 - December 13, 2019," 12 Dec. 2019 Choose a line by Shakespeare and pair it with a line of your own to produce a funny rhyming couplet. Washington Post, "Style Conversational Week 1362: Do Wit Again," 12 Dec. 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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2 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rhyme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhyme. Accessed 3 Apr. 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.


\ 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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