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cou·plet

 (kŭp′lĭt)
n.
1. A unit of verse consisting of two successive lines, usually rhyming and having the same meter and often forming a complete thought or syntactic unit.
2. Two similar things; a pair.

[French, from Old French, diminutive of couple, couple; see couple.]
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couplet

(ˈkʌplɪt)
n
(Poetry) two successive lines of verse, usually rhymed and of the same metre
[C16: from French, literally: a little pair; see couple]
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cou•plet

(ˈkʌp lɪt)

n.
1. a pair of successive lines of verse, esp. a pair the same length that rhyme.
2. a pair; couple.
3. any of the contrasting sections of a musical rondo.
[1570–80; < Middle French; see couple, -et]
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couplet

Two lines of rhymed verse in the same meter. In a closed couplet the meaning is complete.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.couplet - two items of the same kindcouplet - two items of the same kind    
fellow, mate - one of a pair; "he lost the mate to his shoe"; "one eye was blue but its fellow was brown"
2, II, two, deuce - the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a numeral representing this number
doubleton - (bridge) a pair of playing cards that are the only cards in their suit in the hand dealt to a player
2.couplet - a stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse; usually rhymed
line of poetry, line of verse - a single line of words in a poem
closed couplet - a rhymed couplet that forms a complete syntactic unit
heroic couplet - a couplet consisting of two rhymed lines of iambic pentameter and written in an elevated style
stanza - a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem
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couplet

noun
Two items of the same kind together:
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Translations
مَقْطَع شِعري مُكوَّن من بيْتَيْن
dvojverší
kuplet
rímes verspár
tvær rímaîar ljóîlínur
dvojveršie

couplet

[ˈkʌplɪt] Npareado m
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couplet

[ˈkʌplɪt] ndistique m
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couplet

nVerspaar nt
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couplet

[ˈkʌplɪt] ndistico
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couple

(ˈkapl) noun
1. two; a few. Can I borrow a couple of chairs?; I knew a couple of people at the party, but not many.
2. a man and wife, or a boyfriend and girlfriend. a married couple; The young couple have a child.
verb
to join together. The coaches were coupled (together), and the train set off.
ˈcouplet (-lit) noun
two lines of verse, one following the other, which rhyme with each other.
ˈcoupling noun
a link for joining things together. The railway carriage was damaged when the coupling broke.
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References in classic literature ?
Even so, several of them do not really belong to the series; composed in stanza forms, they are selected from his earlier poems and here pressed into service, and on the average they are less excellent than those which he wrote for their present places (in the rimed pentameter couplet that he adopted from the French).
Rebecca rose, overcome with secret laughter dread, and mortification; then in a low voice she read the couplet:--
So it was strange to me to discover presently that he had not been thinking of me at all, but of his own young days, when that couplet sang in his head, and he, too, had thirsted to set off for Grub Street, but was afraid, and while he hesitated old age came, and then Death, and found him grasping a box-iron.
But a correct sonnet ought not to end with a couplet, that is two riming lines.
"Oh, you think a couplet of poetry a convincing argument!" scoffed Anne.
I went up to him as he was singing a love ditty and looking tenderly at a lady, and interrupted him exactly in the middle of the second couplet. 'Monsieur,' said I, 'does it still displease you that I should frequent a certain house of La Rue Payenne?
'cause she can walk and talk and sing and dance, and yours can't do anything, can she?" asked Jamie with pride, as he regarded his Pokey, who just then had been moved to execute a funny little jig and warble the well-known couplet
He had learnt his craft at the school of Alexander Pope, and he wrote moral stories in rhymed couplets. Then came the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, and the poets sang new songs.
These would, perhaps, have fascinated any boy, but I had such a fanaticism for methodical verse that any variation from the octosyllabic and decasyllabic couplets was painful to me.
Brooke was at all anxious; this, he felt sure, would be all right; he should have it quite pat, cut out as neatly as a set of couplets from Pope.
The whitewashed walls; the little pews where well-known figures entered with a subdued rustling, and where first one well-known voice and then another, pitched in a peculiar key of petition, uttered phrases at once occult and familiar, like the amulet worn on the heart; the pulpit where the minister delivered unquestioned doctrine, and swayed to and fro, and handled the book in a long accustomed manner; the very pauses between the couplets of the hymn, as it was given out, and the recurrent swell of voices in song: these things had been the channel of divine influences to Marner--they were the fostering home of his religious emotions--they were Christianity and God's kingdom upon earth.
Some neighbors even affirm that they had once seen, through an air-hole, Archdeacon Claude excavating, turning over, digging up the earth in the two cellars, whose supports had been daubed with numberless couplets and hieroglyphics by Nicolas Flamel himself.