identity in sound of some part, especially the end, of words or lines of verse.
a word agreeing with another in terminal sound: Find is a rhyme for mind and womankind.
verse or poetry having correspondence in the terminal sounds of the lines.
a poem or piece of verse having such correspondence.
to treat in rhyme, as a subject; turn into rhyme, as something in prose.
to compose (verse or the like) in metrical form with rhymes.
to use (a word) as a rhyme to another word; use (words) as rhymes.
to make rhyme or verse; versify.
to use rhyme in writing verse.
to form a rhyme, as one word or line with another: a word that rhymes with orange.
to be composed in metrical form with rhymes, as verse: poetry that rhymes.
Idioms about rhyme
rhyme or reason, logic, sense, or plan: There was no rhyme or reason for what they did.
- Sometimes rime .
The source of the French rime is from an unrecorded Gallo-Romance verb rimāre “to set in a row,” a derivative of the Germanic noun rīm “number, series,” and possibly developing the senses “series of rhymed syllables” and “rhymed verse.”
The English spelling rhyme dates from around 1600 and shows the influence of the unrelated Latin rhetorical term rhythmus “a patterned sequence of sounds; measured flow of words or phrases in prose,” a borrowing from Greek rhythmós, which has the same meanings.
- rhymer, noun
- in·ter·rhyme, verb (used without object), in·ter·rhymed, in·ter·rhym·ing.
- mis·rhymed, adjective
- non·rhyme, noun
- non·rhymed, adjective
- non·rhym·ing, adjective
- outrhyme, verb (used with object), out·rhymed, out·rhym·ing.
- un·rhyme, verb (used with object), un·rhymed, un·rhym·ing.
- well-rhymed, adjective
- rhyme , rhythm
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How to use rhyme in a sentence
He talked about sharing poems with kindergartners, and how much kids love it when you tell them to just have fun, make some rhymes, and be silly.Why kids need poetry in their lives, and how to spark their interest in it | Jason Basa Nemec | March 5, 2021 | Washington Post
So many of the 140 lyricists who entered, some of them with a dozen or more songs each, offered songs that cleverly echoed the originals, and matched or even improved on the originals’ rhyme scheme.Style Conversational Week 1424: It’s hive time for another Spelling Bee contest | Pat Myers | February 18, 2021 | Washington Post
This addresses matters of length, structure, source music, rhyme and meter — what works best for a contest whose results are mostly read in text.Style Conversational Week 1420: Back to the vocal point | Pat Myers | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
The older boy would sing a little rhyme about a dog and a hunter in the woods.I brought my kids to the Devil for Christmas. And they’re fine. Right? | Petula Dvorak | December 17, 2020 | Washington Post
“There was really no rhyme or reason to why somebody who was caught with crack cocaine was subject to imprisonment many, many times more severe than people who were found with soft cocaine,” says Virani.The war on drugs didn’t work. Oregon’s plan might. | Kat Eschner | December 17, 2020 | Popular-Science
One song interweaves adult themes into nursery rhyme cadence.
So too, without the benefit of a rhyme, is "fix it, don't repeal it."
Like, “Yeah this will be crazy to rhyme on alright lets loop it up.”
Bruni told NPR last summer that she changed the name because it was easier to rhyme.
While it may “rhyme” a bit, Syria has its own particular dynamics.Why We Must Intervene in Syria, a Veteran Makes the Case | Mark R. Jacobson | September 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
I don't exactly see how I could have been, considering I never made a rhyme in my life!
The sixth line is in these words: “Keeping time, time, time, in a sort of Runic rhyme.”Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
It was about a trifle, some little thing that she had put into rhyme for him; how many rhymes she had written for him this summer!Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
The most amusing point in it is, that the author seriously intended the lines to rhyme.
We passed through Banbury, whose cross, famous in nursery rhyme, is only modern.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
British Dictionary definitions for rhyme
identity of the terminal sounds in lines of verse or in words
a word that is identical to another in its terminal sound: ``while'' is a rhyme for ``mile''
a verse or piece of poetry having corresponding sounds at the ends of the lines: the boy made up a rhyme about his teacher
any verse or piece of poetry
rhyme or reason sense, logic, or meaning: this proposal has no rhyme or reason
to use (a word) or (of a word) to be used so as to form a rhyme; be or make identical in sound
to render (a subject) into rhyme
to compose (verse) in a metrical structure
- rhymeless or rimeless, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cultural definitions for rhyme
A similarity of sound between words, such as moon, spoon, croon, tune, and June. Rhyme is often employed in verse.
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