\ 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 There are good days and then bad days without apparent rhyme nor reason. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Surviving Covid-19 May Not Feel Like Recovery for Some," 10 May 2020 Our kitchen pantry parades chickpeas and pasta here, tea packets and brown rice there, with little rhyme and zero reason. Kathryn O'shea-evans, House Beautiful, "Why You're Organizing Everything in Your House Right Now," 17 Apr. 2020 The speculation hit a high when fans noticed that Taylor liked a Tumblr post that connected the lyrics to the wedding rhyme. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Taylor Swift is Sparking Engagement Rumors with Her Newest Song Lyrics," 9 Aug. 2019 The handheld experience throws you into a rap word game where players create their own rhymes in front of a mirror to share with others. Michael Koczwara, The Hollywood Reporter, "Mobile Games Hotspot: Disney Unveils New RPG; 'Teamfight Tactics' Debuts to Big Numbers," 2 Apr. 2020 The guy who talks about rain when folks are trying to plan a picnic or complains that the words in that rap song don’t really rhyme. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Think 2020 is the start of a new decade? You'd be wrong. Here's why," 11 Dec. 2019 His rhymes, with the high school themes and delivered with an authority that belied his lack of experience, stood him in good stead. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "24th annual Tri-C High School Rock Off gets off to rousing start with stiff competition," 2 Feb. 2020 Both kids and adults will want to hear these sweet rhymes and sincere message again and again. Washington Post, "10 great holiday-season books to enjoy with your little ones," 2 Dec. 2019 On this album, the most striking lyrical moment — the one that makes best use of his gift for unlikely rhyme and his penchant for thick storytelling — is the most somber. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Chance the Rapper’s Odes to Joy," 29 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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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14 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rhyme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhyme. Accessed 31 May. 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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