rhyme

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noun

variants or less commonly rime
1
a(1)
: rhyming verse
(2)
: poetry
b
: a composition in verse that rhymes
2
a
: 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)
3
rhymeless adjective

rhyme

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verb

variants or less commonly rime
rhymed also rimed; rhyming also riming

transitive verb

1
: to relate or praise in rhyming verse
2
a
: 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
rhymer noun

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Example Sentences

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.”
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The four-image lineup hops continents, one visual rhyme at a time. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 Its distinctive, bright colors of red, yellow and black are easy to see and inspired an old rhyme about red touching yellow to differentiate the venomous coral snake from the non-venomous imposter the scarlet kingsnake. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 1 Aug. 2022 By this point in his career, Kendrick clearly understood his place in rap’s hierarchy and made sure not to waste a breath with any rhyme. Michael Saponara, Billboard, 9 May 2022 This was a Paulie music-hall pastiche, paraphrasing the public-domain (i.e. free) fleecy kids’ rhyme, written by Sarah Josepha Hale and Lowell Mason, in 1830. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 20 July 2022 Hip-hop has always co-mingled with pop, but one big story of the past decade or so has been the dissolving of all boundaries between singing and speaking in rhyme. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 19 July 2022 And his lyrics with Silverman too often wander in search of a rhyme, then, sighting one in the distance, botch it. New York Times, 7 June 2022 The narration is written in rhyme, meant to evoke rap lyrics. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 July 2022 Examples include identifying words that rhyme, recognizing alliteration, breaking a sentence into words and detecting syllables in a word. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 28 June 2022
Verb
Willie D, a 21-year-old Golden Gloves champ raised by two alcoholic and abusive parents in the Fifth Ward, and known to fight audience members at open mics, was signed on sight, told to act monstrous and rhyme reckless. Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 28 June 2022 Spears is a heart-first performer, who makes Juicy’s moments of anguish rhyme with his shady asides, pointing out how both attitudes flow from a deep deposit of frustrated affection for the sensual world, and a hope for a life of his own making. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 30 May 2022 Born Russell Jones in 1968 in Brooklyn, NY, ODB developed a unique persona and rhyme style that set him apart from his contemporaries. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Mar. 2022 Yet Earnest's words seem to rhyme with Faulkner's fundamental point. Darren Franich, EW.com, 8 Apr. 2022 Seeing all of those weird, warped houses and reading those Dr. Seuss stories with crazy characters and nothing but rhyme…it’s like the intersection of hip-hop and Dr. Seuss. Evan Nicole Brown, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Apr. 2022 Carlos Santana and Stewart Copeland follow – the latter reprising his Police service with the Oregon Symphony – while Koffee spins rhyme and rhythm to taste. Nathan Rizzo | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 28 Feb. 2022 My rhyme style with the echo is from a girl, Sha Rock, the first greatest female MC ever, who’s better than 99% of the dudes rappin’ today. Al Shipley, SPIN, 4 Jan. 2022 And nature writes poems in the lives of her creatures, with lines that echo and rhyme through the generations. Janet Barber, Scientific American, 9 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English rime, from Anglo-French

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of rhyme was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Rhyme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhyme. Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition

rhyme

1 of 2 noun
ˈrīm
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

2 of 2 verb
rhymed; rhyming
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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