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.
verse ( def 4 ).
verb (used with object), rhymed, rhyming.
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.
verb (used without object), rhymed, rhyming.
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.
rhyme or reason, logic, sense, or plan: There was no rhyme or reason for what they did.
Also, rime.

1250–1300; Middle English rime < Old French, derivative of rimer to rhyme < Gallo-Romance *rimāre to put in a row ≪ Old High German rīm series, row; probably not connected with Latin rhythmus rhythm, although current spelling (from c1600) apparently by association with this word

rhymer, noun
interrhyme, verb (used without object), interrhymed, interrhyming.
misrhymed, adjective
nonrhyme, noun
nonrhymed, adjective
nonrhyming, adjective
outrhyme, verb (used with object), outrhymed, outrhyming.
unrhyme, verb (used with object), unrhymed, unrhyming.
well-rhymed, adjective

rhyme, rhythm. Unabridged
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rhyme or rime (raɪm)
1.  identity of the terminal sounds in lines of verse or in words
2.  a word that is identical to another in its terminal sound: ``while'' is a rhyme for ``mile''
3.  a verse or piece of poetry having corresponding sounds at the ends of the lines: the boy made up a rhyme about his teacher
4.  any verse or piece of poetry
5.  rhyme or reason sense, logic, or meaning: this proposal has no rhyme or reason
6.  to use (a word) or (of a word) to be used so as to form a rhyme; be or make identical in sound
7.  to render (a subject) into rhyme
8.  to compose (verse) in a metrical structure
[C12: from Old French rime, from rimer to rhyme, from Old High German rīm a number; spelling influenced by rhythm]
rime or rime
[C12: from Old French rime, from rimer to rhyme, from Old High German rīm a number; spelling influenced by rhythm]
'rhymeless or rime
'rimeless or rime

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Word Origin & History

"agreement in terminal sounds," 1560s, partially restored spelling, from M.E. ryme, rime (c.1200) "measure, meter, rhythm," later "rhymed verse," from O.Fr. rime (fem.), related to O.Prov. rim (masc.), earlier *ritme, from L. rithmus, from Gk. rhythmos "measured motion, time, proportion" (see
"In MedL. rithmus was used of accentual, as opposed to quantitative, verse, and, as accentual verse was usually rhymed, the word acquired the meaning which it has in all the Rom[anic]. and Teut[onic] langs." [Weekley]
Persistence of older form is due to popular association with O.E. rim "number," from PIE base *re(i)- "to reason, count." The verb is first attested 1670s (of words), "to have the same end sound;" 1690s (of poets), "to make rhymes." Phrase rhyme or reason "good sense" (chiefly used in the negative) is from 1660s. Rhyme scheme is attested from 1931. Rhyme royal (1841) is a stanza of seven 10-syllable lines rhymed a-b-a-b-b-c-c.
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Cultural Dictionary

rhyme definition

A similarity of sound between words, such as moon, spoon, croon, tune, and June. Rhyme is often employed in verse.

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