- two of the same sort considered together; pair.
- two persons considered as joined together, as a married or engaged pair, lovers, or dance partners: They make a handsome couple.
- any two persons considered together.
- Mechanics. a pair of equal, parallel forces acting in opposite directions and tending to produce rotation.
- Also called couple-close. Carpentry. a pair of rafters connected by a tie beam or collar beam.
- a leash for holding two hounds together.
- Fox Hunting. two hounds: 25 hounds or 12½ couple.
- to fasten, link, or associate together in a pair or pairs.
- to join; connect.
- to unite in marriage or in sexual union.
- to join or associate by means of a coupler.
- to bring (two electric circuits or circuit components) close enough to permit an exchange of electromagnetic energy.
- to join in a pair; unite.
- to copulate.
- a couple of, more than two, but not many, of; a small number of; a few: It will take a couple of days for the package to get there. A dinner party, whether for a couple of old friends or eight new acquaintances, takes nearly the same amount of effort.Also Informal, a couple.
Origin of couple
In referring to two people, couple, like many collective nouns, may take either a singular or a plural verb. Most commonly, it is construed as a plural: The couple were traveling to Texas. See also collective noun.
Examples from the Web for couple
We do see that a few European countries have them on the books: Germany, Poland, Italy, Ireland, a couple more.In Defense of Blasphemy
January 9, 2015
A couple of people were treated for minor injuries but no major incidents occurred.Slow Motion Tiger Jump, a Tornado at the Rose Bowl and More Viral Videos
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January 4, 2015
I finally called Lee a couple of times and we talked but he was busy with guests at the house.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
There is one time, however, when couple dancing is in high demand, and that is around weddings.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread
January 2, 2015
The court papers are sealed, but the couple has made it clear they want to be relieved of their parental responsibilities.Judge: Rehoming Kids Is Trafficking
December 30, 2014
He also procured a couple of mules to transport his baggage.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
So is Dacey, with perhaps a couple of others of the right sort.Within the Law
He took a couple of drinks to celebrate his approaching immunity from debt.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Oh, well, what's good enough for the President I can put up with for a couple of days.
He has religion real bad for a couple of weeks, and then he backslides.
- two people who regularly associate with each other or live togetheran engaged couple
- (functioning as singular or plural) two people considered as a pair, for or as if for dancing, games, etc
- mainly hunting
- a pair of collars joined by a leash, used to attach hounds to one another
- two hounds joined in this way
- the unit of reckoning for hounds in a packtwenty and a half couple
- a pair of equal and opposite parallel forces that have a tendency to produce rotation with a torque or turning moment equal to the product of either force and the perpendicular distance between them
- two dissimilar metals, alloys, or semiconductors in electrical contact, across which a voltage developsSee thermocouple
- Also called: galvanic coupletwo dissimilar metals or alloys in electrical contact that when immersed in an electrolyte act as the electrodes of an electrolytic cell
- a connector or link between two members, such as a tie connecting a pair of rafters in a roof
- a couple of (functioning as singular or plural)
- a combination of two; a pair ofa couple of men
- informala small number of; a fewa couple of days
- (usually preceded by a; functioning as singular or plural) two; a pairgive him a couple
- (tr) to connect (two things) together or to connect (one thing) to (another)to couple railway carriages
- (tr) to do (two things) simultaneously or alternatelyhe couples studying with teaching
- to form or be formed into a pair or pairs
- to associate, put, or connect togetherhistory is coupled with sociology
- to link (two circuits) by electromagnetic induction
- (intr) to have sexual intercourse
- to join or be joined in marriage; marry
- (tr) to attach (two hounds to each other)
Word Origin and History for couple
late 13c., from Old French cople "married couple, lovers" (12c., Modern French couple), from Latin copula "tie, connection," from PIE *ko-ap-, from *ko(m)- "together" + *ap- "to take, reach." Meaning broadened mid-14c. to "any two things."
c.1200, from Old French copler, from cople (see couple (n.)). Related: Coupled; coupling.