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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How to use couplet in a sentence
The Brooklyn rapper and skateboarder Sage Elsesser, who goes by Navy Blue, raps with a cool patience, his lyrics spilling out not so much in couplets as amorphous word clouds.
Jumping from couplets to capitalism, Alphonso, or at least its concentrated pulp, has starred for a decade alongside the waiting, pining, aching Bollywood beauty, Katrina Kaif, in a series of TV commercials for a popular mango drink made by Pepsi.
Okay, the GPT-3 hype seems pretty reasonableBut say you had it generate rhyming couplets with Shakespeare and Pope as examples.Anthropic is the new AI research outfit from OpenAI’s Dario Amodei, and it has $124M to burn | Devin Coldewey | May 28, 2021 | TechCrunch
Haiku are fine — 5-7-5, please — but I’ll also accept limericks and rhyming couplets.I’ve waited 17 years to write about periodical cicadas again. The wait is over. | John Kelly | May 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Shockingly, this last couplet made it into the 1953 film version; someone was napping over at MGM.
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 | Daniel Bosch | April 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
The commonest stanza is a quatrain consisting of four heptasyllabic lines with the rhyme at the end of the couplet.Ancient Irish Poetry | Various
In a couplet of passionate melancholy she asked, where are the roses of yesterday?A German Pompadour | Marie Hay
John Briggs never took a dare, and at noon, when Mr. Cross was at home at dinner, he wrote flamingly the descriptive couplet.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete | Albert Bigelow Paine
That was the name they had given him; he could hear the night crowds shouting it in a silly couplet: Il nous faut-oBeau Cocono-o!Through the Wall | Cleveland Moffett
The reading of each couplet by the minister before it was sung seemed to him a sort of recitative.Duffels | Edward Eggleston
British Dictionary definitions for couplet
two successive lines of verse, usually rhymed and of the same metre
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Cultural definitions for couplet
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