\ 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 Muldoon’s 13th collection applies his characteristically nimble rhymes and musical faculty for language to matters of art (Picasso, Braque), history (the Easter Rising, World War I) and mortality. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy Poetry From Sharon Olds, Paul Muldoon and More," 10 Dec. 2019 The reversal is delicious, and again, Gerwig’s sense of thematic rhyme is unerring. John Matteson, The Atlantic, "One Way the New Little Women Film Is Radical," 1 Jan. 2020 But then, once in a lifetime The longed-for tidal wave Of justice can rise up, And hope and history rhyme. John Gallagher, Freep.com, "Departing Free Press columnist John Gallagher pens open letter to Detroiters," 19 Dec. 2019 Often his roles seem to comment on each other, to harmonize, even to rhyme. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Why Al Pacino Matters," 29 Nov. 2019 Lewis’s version is very musical, with rhymes and chimes and shifting meters. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "How to Read “Gilgamesh”," 7 Oct. 2019 The brassy, bawdy rapper — think the late Amy Winehouse with crazy-fast rhymes — collaborated with the San Francisco chef and whole-animal cooking expert on an impressive musical foodie performance. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Outside Lands: Boyfriend raps in her skivvies with chef Chris Cosentino," 9 Aug. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Share, Big Bear, Share!by Maureen Wright; illustrated by Will Hillenbrand (Ages 3-7) Using rhyming verse and cheerful illustrations, this silly and fun story addresses a topic familiar to those caring for young children: sharing. Sarah Davies And Karli Pederson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Watch out for bears! Children's books about bears recommended by Milwaukee Public Library," 28 Dec. 2017 With a French heritage, Rousselot shared the meaning of Noel in French along with a different pronunciation, Noel to rhyme with bell in the French fashion. Lee Ann Murphy, USA TODAY, "Here's how a small town in Missouri became known as 'The Christmas City'," 9 Dec. 2019 Ali and Frazier fought for the third time in Asia in 1975, in a brutal bout which was given which rhyming nickname? The Economist, "Try your hand at our Christmas quiz," 18 Dec. 2019 Marciano has long been carrying the frame for lyrically loaded, East Coast Mafioso rap: grime and crime rhymes over throwback, soul-sampling beats, all with his distinct sibilance. Washington Post, "18 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 16 Dec. 2019 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

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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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23 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rhyme.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhyming. Accessed 26 January 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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