Definition of couplet in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈkəplət/


Two lines of verse, usually in the same meter and joined by rhyme, that form a unit.
Example sentences
  • The source texts are then reformed into single aphoristic lines, couplets, quatrains, and whole poems.
  • It was translated into English iambic pentameter with rhymed couplets.
  • His four-line verses or quatrains, each of two rhymed couplets, were written in groups of 100, known as Centuries.


Late 16th century: from French, diminutive of couple, from Old French cople (see couple).

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: cou·plet

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.