- a pair of successive lines of verse, especially a pair that rhyme and are of the same length.
- a pair; couple.
- Music. any of the contrasting sections of a rondo occurring between statements of the refrain.
Origin of couplet
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Examples from the Web for couplet
Did they ever consider selecting the first line of this couplet for the title of their edition?Beauty and Subversion in the Secret Poems of Afghan Women
April 6, 2014
China's use of these beasts always reminds me of a couplet I read years ago in a newspaper column.To Honor Canada Hosting Two Giant Pandas, Here's Ten Beautiful Photos of Pandas
David Frum, Justin Green
March 25, 2013
When he came to the couplet I have given you, what do you think he sang?The Little Manx Nation - 1891
It was, however, to the regularity of Pope's couplet that most translators aspired.
Revolts against the couplet, then, were few and generally unsuccessful.
The couplet he immediately repudiates as an enemy to fidelity.
The antics Palmer cut while delivering this couplet were truly amusing.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
- two successive lines of verse, usually rhymed and of the same metre
C16: from French, literally: a little pair; see couple
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Word Origin and History for couplet
1570s, in poetry, from French couplet (mid-14c.), a diminutive of couple (see couple (n.)). In music, from 1876.
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