couplet

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EtymologyEdit

From French couplet, from couple + -et. Doublet of cabaletta.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈkʌp.lət/, /ˈkʌplɪt/

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couplet (plural couplets)

  1. A set of two things, particularly
    Coordinate terms: singlet, triplet, quadruplet, tetraplet, quintuplet, pentuplet, sextuplet, septuplet, octuplet, nonuplet, decuplet, centuplet, multiplet
    1. (literature) A pair of lines, typically with rhyming end words.
      Coordinate terms: tercet, quatrain, cinquain, sestet, septet, octave
    2. A pair of one-way streets which carry opposing directions of traffic through gridded urban areas.
      5th Street is one-way west only and 6th Street is one-way east only. Together, they form a couplet in Downtown Los Angeles.
      Synonym: one-way pair
    3. (taxonomy) A pair of two mutually exclusive choices in a dichotomous key.
      • 2001, Stephen T. Ross, The Inland Fishes of Mississippi, page 33:
        The dichotomous keys are constructed so that each couplet presents a set of alternative choices.
      • 2004, Shin'ichiro Ishikawa, An Exploration of a New Poetic Expression Beyond Dichotomy:
        As long as the correct statement of each couplet is chosen, and the unknown organism is included in the key, a confident identification is usually achieved.

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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French couplet, from Middle French couplet, from Old French couplet.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /kuˈplɛt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: cou‧plet
  • Rhymes: -ɛt

NounEdit

couplet n (plural coupletten, diminutive coupletje n)

  1. verse of a song

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  • Papiamentu: kuplèt, couplet

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

couple +‎ -et.

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couplet m (plural couplets)

  1. (literature) couplet

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