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[kuhp-lit] /ˈkʌp lɪt/

a pair of successive lines of verse, especially a pair that rhyme and are of the same length.
a pair; .
Music. any of the contrasting sections of a rondo occurring between statements of the refrain.
two successive lines of verse, usually rhymed and of the same metre

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

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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