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couplet

[ kuhp-lit ]
/ ˈkʌp lɪt /
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noun

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.

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Origin of couplet

From Middle French, dating back to 1570–80; see origin at couple, -et
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British Dictionary definitions for couplet

couplet
/ (ˈkʌplɪt) /

noun

two successive lines of verse, usually rhymed and of the same metre

Word Origin for couplet

C16: from French, literally: a little pair; see couple
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Cultural definitions for couplet

couplet

A pair of lines of verse that rhyme. Some poems, such as “The Night Before Christmas,” are written entirely in couplets:

`Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
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