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Definition of the noun couplet

What does couplet mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: couplets

  1. two items of the same kind
  2. a stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse; usually rhymed
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: stanza = a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem
    • more specific terms:
      • 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
    • part: line of poetry / line of verse = a single line of words in a poem

Alternative definition of the noun couplet


  1. In poetry, a pair of lines with rhyming end words.


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  1. Couplet: 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 or run-on. In a formal 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 couplet, the meaning of the first line continues to the second.
  2. Couplet: In Chinese poetry, a couplet is a pair of lines of poetry which adhere to certain rules. 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 happy and hopeful thoughts for the coming year.
    • also known as Duilian

Phrases with Couplet

  1. closed couplet
  2. heroic couplet

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Couplet

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Google previewKellogg's Rhetoric (1901)

by Brainerd Kellogg

A couplet is the two verses which rhyme with each other. The rhyming syllables...

Google previewA Text-book on Rhetoric (1896)

by Brainerd Kellogg

A couplet is the two verses which rhyme with each other. The rhyming syllables...

Google previewChallenging the Boundaries (2007)

by Işil Baş, Donald C. Freeman

The sixth couplet is the first in which both...

and eighth couplets are similarly unremarkable as couplets, seeming to operate more as individual lines; for the record they are halved-halved structures, and the final couplet is an unusual one; l.

Google previewSouth Platte River Crossing Construction, Arapahoe County (1984)

Environmental Impact Statement

The Bowles Avenue Couplet Is the Worst Alternative. A. Bowles Avenue is the worst location for addiw Eional river crossing capacipy. The problem is that there is a three-mile stretch of South Platte River over which there is no crossing.

Google previewClassical Form (2000)

A Theory of Formal Functions for the Instrumental Music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven by William E. Caplin

2: The first couplet is a minore interior theme constructed as a truncated small ternary.

Google previewBarrelhouse Words (2010)

A Blues Dialect Dictionary by Stephen Calt

The above couplet refers to a commercial sextransaction. credit 63 creep (n.) ...

Google previewFasti (2013)

by Ovid

The endstopped couplet is a quite different experience from the flexible 'blank verse' of epic hexameters, and the associations of the respective metres are also different, and quite specific. Epic is weighty, and its characteristic subject matter is ...

Google previewElements of English Grammar (1814)

With a Postscript, Analysis, and an Appendix by Jonathan Morgan

A Couplet is that in which the last syllables, or words of two lines harmonize in sound. A Triplet is that, in which the last syllables, or words of three lines harmonize in sound. A quadruplet is that, in which the last syllables, or words of four lines ...

Google previewPoetry into Song (2010)

Performance and Analysis of Lieder by Deborah Stein, Robert Spillman

A COUPLET is a twoline unit of poetry; it can comprise a ...

Google previewThe Undiscovered Country (2005)

Poetry in the Age of Tin by William Logan

The couplet is a kind of private burial. One could go on—to the mortal shortening of William Butler Yeats to William Yeats, to all the artful commissions of language that make words more than they seem. If Auden's poems were such force-fed ...

Google previewIn Search of a Philosophical Anthropology (1996)

A Compilation of Essays by Antoine Vergote

The pleasure-displeasure couplet is the basis of every judgement of value. In governing the affective consciousness of our lives, this pair is at the origin of our relationship to both things and others, presiding with assent and refusal in every ...

Google previewMystic Apprentice Master Volume with Dictionary

by Ken Ludden

COUPLET The Couplet gives you extra information. Often you will see how it affects the general reading, and you read it at a point where it fits into that flow. The way the couplet fits and how it is read is different in every reading. To lay out the ...

Google previewThe Anthem Dictionary of Literary Terms and Theory (2010)

by Peter Auger

open couplet 209 one-act play A short theatrical performance; the dramatic equivalent of a SHORT STORY. One-act plays can be AFTER-PIECES or experimental works (FRINGE THEATRE), or serious dramas like John Millington Synge's ...

Google previewCapricon Rhyming Dictionary (1986)

(aid to Rhyme) by Bessie G. Redfield

closed couplet: a couplet whose sense is completed within its two lines. Example: True wit is nature to advantage dress'd, What oft was thought, but ne'er so well express'd. consonance: the use of and identical pattern of consonants in different ...

Google previewHarvard Dictionary of Music (1969)

by Willi Apel

Couplet [F.]. In French poetry, the stanza of a poem (not two rhyming lines, like the English couplet). The corresponding Spanish term, *copla, denotes the various stanzas of the villan- cico, which alternate with the refrain (estribillo). In music ...

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Couplet Meaning

Video shows what couplet means. A pair of lines with rhyming end words.. A pair of one-way streets which carry opposing directions of traffic through gridded ...

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Quotes about Couplet

A couplet is a very little thing,
Yet give it the right words and it takes wing. (Philip Doolittle)
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Scrabble value of C3O1U1P3L1E1T1

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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