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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
heroic couplet
rhyming couplets (=pairs of lines that end in words that rhyme)
▪ The song has rhyming couplets .
▪ a rhymed couplet
▪ But how can I explain these allusions or how can I translate these couplets without explanation?
▪ It consists of two rhymed couplets about a famous person.
▪ She'd laughed her head off at his contribution to the couplet, and now she'd sent it in.
▪ The couplet exhibits the parallelism of greater precision, nevertheless in another respect.
▪ The winning couplet in the Kitchen Competition?
▪ They are mostly stories in rhymed couplets, and their subject is local scenes or people.
▪ Within the couplets that we have examined here, we can affirm, the relationship of the two lines is its unpredictable.
▪ You could paint that on a board, and underneath we could have a rhyming couplet.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Couplet \Coup"let\ (-l?t), n. [F. couplet, dim. of couple. See Couple, n. ] Two taken together; a pair or couple; especially two lines of verse that rhyme with each other.

A sudden couplet rushes on your mind.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1570s, in poetry, from French couplet (mid-14c.), a diminutive of couple (see couple (n.)). In music, from 1876.


n. 1 (context literature English) A pair of lines with rhyme end words. 2 A pair of one-way streets which carry opposing directions of traffic through gridded urban areas.

  1. n. two items of the same kind [syn: couple, pair, twosome, twain, brace, span, yoke, distich, duo, duet, dyad, duad]

  2. a stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse; usually rhymed


A couplet is a pair of lines of metre in poetry. Couplets usually comprise two lines that rhyme and have the same metre. A couplet may be formal (closed) or run-on (open). In a formal (or closed) couplet, each of the two lines is end-stopped, implying that there is a grammatical pause at the end of a line of verse. In a run-on (or open) couplet, the meaning of the first line continues to the second.

Couplet (Angel)

"Couplet" is episode 14 of season 3 in the television show Angel.

Couplet (Chinese poetry)

In Chinese poetry, a couplet is a pair of lines of poetry which adhere to certain rules (see below). Outside of poems, they are usually seen on the sides of doors leading to people's homes or as hanging scrolls in an interior. Although often called antithetical couplet, they can better be described as a written form of counterpoint. The two lines have a one-to-one correspondence in their metrical length, and each pair of characters must have certain corresponding properties. A couplet is ideally profound yet concise, using one character per word in the style of Classical Chinese. A special, widely seen type of couplet is the spring couplet , used as a New Year's decoration that expresses happiness and hopeful thoughts for the coming year.

Couplet (disambiguation)

A couplet is a pair of lines in verse.

Couplet may also refer to:

  • Couplet (traffic), a pair of one-way streets which carry opposing directions of traffic
  • "Couplet" (Angel), a 2002 episode of the television show Angel
  • Philippe Couplet (1623–1693), Belgian Jesuit

Usage examples of "couplet".

The couplets that wormed their way into my consciousness most avidly, and stuck most securely, were on the earliest tracks she played.

Margaret found herself recalling the intricate rhymed couplets of Zeepangu.

The wits used to say that Ropers,-- the poet once before referred to, old Samuel Ropers, author of the Pleasures of Memory and giver of famous breakfasts,--was accustomed to have straw laid before the house whenever he had just given birth to a couplet.

Couplets of Horseclans Law only insist that tanist, chief and subchiefs of a clan be of blood relationship.

Poutrincourt and Champlain, returning wounded and weather-beaten from inspecting the coast of New England, to find the buildings of Port Royal, under Lescarbot's care, bright with lights, and an improvised arch bearing the arms of Poutrincourt and De Monts, to be received by Neptune, who, accompanied by a retinue of Tritons, declaimed Alexandrine couplets of praise and welcome, and to sit at the sumptuous table of the Order of Good Times, of which I have just spoken, furnished by this same lawyerpoet's agricultural industry.

The Englishman, pleased with my reasoning, wrote down the following old couplet, and gave it to me to read: 'Dicite, grammatici, cur mascula nomina cunnus, Et cur femineum mentula nomen habet.

She cried a couplet in anapaestic monometer with implied rhyme: "There are stars In my shoe.

While he came on with slow steps, the astrologist said, “Unfortunately, there is still another pertinent couplet.

A grade-school couplet comes to mind: Mother gives me lemonade, around the corner fudge is made.

From The Couplets of the Law Aldora had come to the stream to wash the pouch which one of her master's wives had given her the week before and to change its stuffing of the dry moss that had received her body's discharges.

Couplet, "triginta hominum spontanea morte placari manes concubinæ, ritu apud Sinas execrando, quem barbarum morem successor deinde sustulit.

Altho' the last couplet was generally suppressed, so evident was its partial tone towards me, in the midst of it all I could not help being highly amused with the simplicity evinced by the good people of France, who, in censuring the king's conduct, found nothing reprehensible but his having omitted to select his mistress from elevated rank.

This work consists of fourteen lines of iambic pentameter, incorporating allusions to the Heisman Trophy and Hertz Rent-a-Car, and ends with the prosodically unimpeachable couplet "He's learned the cruelest lesson of them all—/ Celebrity does not prevent a fall.

Notice that there is no rhymed couplet at the end, as is found in Shakespearean and Wordsworthian sonnets.