\ 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 Enjoy rhymes, songs, finger play and board books, followed by a short playtime. courant.com, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 27 Sep. 2019 Following an interview with guests, Sophia and Rechelle always ask their guests to freestyle some rhymes to commemorate their discussion. Ashley Rushford, Essence, "ESSENCE Fashion House NYC: Justine Skye Sits Down With Girls United For Podcast, “Magic Unfiltered”," 7 Sep. 2019 Payton was darn good at spitting rhyme, and most of the Bears were pretty bad at dancing. SI.com, "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019 Historically, this rhyme has poked fun at the tax-shy American public. The Economist, "France is giving unilateralism a go," 22 Aug. 2019 The school of profitable rhymes As an adolescent obsessed with rap music, Trajik befriended record store clerks who sold albums to him before their official release dates. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "He's taking the stairs, not the elevator, but Indianapolis rapper Trajik just keeps rising," 22 Aug. 2019 Flip on the stereo, rhyme over a beat, quickly collect donations. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Rapper Tone Oliver makes up to $200 a day on BART. Should he be barred from busking?," 18 Aug. 2019 Kiyoshi rhythms and rhymes are rooted in social, spiritual, and political awareness. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Star octogenarian runner visits Camino Hills," 16 Aug. 2019 Rico Nasty’s manic demeanor, which included the formation of a mosh pit in the sweltering heat on Friday in between the New York rap phenom’s blistering rhymes. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, "My Dad's Time-Traveling Take on Pitchfork Music Festival 2019," 22 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Even as rhymes ricochet about, the whole seems to eddy from the walls into the room’s center. BostonGlobe.com, "The installation nods outward to the space it inhabits. Even as rhymes ricochet about, the whole seems to eddy from the walls into the room’s center.," 31 Oct. 2019 Reading, rhyming, singing and talking influence language and literacy development in young children. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "All good things, like this, must come to an end: Whit & Whimsey," 18 Oct. 2019 Neither Sanyal nor Peter Bittenbender, Mass Appeal’s CEO, believes the fact that DIVINE rhymes in Hindi, a language that isn’t as widely spoken as English or Spanish in those territories, will be an obstacle. Amit Gurbaxani, Billboard, "Hindi Rapper Divine On Why He Signed With Mass Appeal India: 'It's Nas, Bro'," 13 Sep. 2019 That could be said for Moore, a struggling comedian and actor who became a rhyming, rapping raconteur and rode his Dolemite character — complete with groovy fashion ensembles and the ever-present pimp cane — to big-screen glory. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "TIFF: Why Netflix's 'Dolemite Is My Name' is Eddie Murphy's greatest-hits role," 8 Sep. 2019 That's a rarity these days when most emerging rappers' slack rhymes sound more like singing than actual rapping, but there's nothing tossed-off about Stallion's delivery. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Megan Thee Stallion brings 'Hot Girl Summer' to empowering Milwaukee show, and shows she's here to stay," 6 Sep. 2019 My surname is Levine, which not so helpfully rhymes with... this. Nick Levine, refinery29.com, "Nicola Coughlan From Derry Girls Made The Best Point About Male Nicknames," 24 Aug. 2019 Protesters have responded by vandalizing stations, destroying equipment such as ticket machines, and referring to the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) with this derogatory term, which rhymes with the actual name of the MTR in Cantonese. Time, "Hong Kong's Protestors Have Their Own Special Slang. Here's a Glossary of Some Common Terms," 6 Sep. 2019 And Blough — whose name fittingly rhymes with wow — has a flair for it. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "This Detroit Lions QB has magic tricks that will blow your mind," 12 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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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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