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.


Nearby words

  1. coupled pulse,
  2. coupled rhythm,
  3. coupledom,
  4. coupler,
  5. couples therapy,
  6. coupling,
  7. coupon,
  8. coupon bond,
  9. coupon clipper,
  10. coupon rate

Origin of couplet

From Middle French, dating back to 1570–80; see origin at couple, -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for couplet



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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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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Culture definitions for 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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