couplet

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French couplet. Doublet of cabaletta.

Pronunciation[edit]

IPA(key): /ˈkʌp.lət/, IPA(key): /ˈkəplɨt/

Noun[edit]

couplet (plural couplets)

  1. (literature) A pair of lines, typically with rhyming end words.
  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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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

couplet n (plural coupletten, diminutive coupletje n)

  1. verse of a song

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

couple +‎ -et.

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couplet m (plural couplets)

  1. (literature) couplet

Descendants[edit]

  • Dutch: couplet
  • English: couplet
  • German: Couplet
  • Spanish: cuplé
  • Russian: куплет (kuplet)

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