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couplet

[kuhp-lit] /ˈkʌp lɪt/
noun
1.
a pair of successive lines of verse, especially a pair that rhyme and are of the same length.
2.
a pair; couple.
3.
Music. any of the contrasting sections of a rondo occurring between statements of the refrain.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Middle French; see couple, -et
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  • The first six lines were too fluent, the distinct couplet at the close was too epigrammatic.
  • The last couplet, gold cure, refers to the familiar cure for alcoholism.
  • Every couplet when produced is new, and novelty is the great source of pleasure.
  • The schematic above represents basic properties of a vortex couplet.
  • When using this key please note that each couplet offers two or three options.
British Dictionary definitions for couplet

couplet

/ˈkʌplɪt/
noun
1.
two successive lines of verse, usually rhymed and of the same metre
Word Origin
C16: from French, literally: a little pair; see couple
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Word Origin and History for couplet
n.

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

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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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