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Etymology

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
couple

Plural
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  1. Two partners in a romantic or sexual relationship.
    Joe and Amy make a nice couple.
  2. Two of the same kind connected or considered together (see Usage notes).
    They look like a couple of idiots!
  3. A small number of (see Usage notes) Informal.
    Let me have a couple of slices of pepperoni.
  4. One of the pairs of plates of two metals which compose a voltaic battery, called a voltaic couple or galvanic couple.
  5. (physics) Two forces that are equal in magnitude but opposite in direction (and acting along parallel lines), thus creating the turning effect of a torque or moment.

Usage notes

  • In U.K. usage, couple is followed by of when used to mean "two", as in "a couple of people". In US usage, of is often omitted, as in "I went there a couple times".
  • In the U.S., "a couple of things" or people may be used to mean two of them, but it is also often used to mean any small number. The latter usage is disputed.
    The farm is a couple of miles off the main highway [=a few miles away].
  • In the U.K., "a couple of" almost always means just two
    We’re going out to a restaurant with a couple of friends [=two friends].
    Wait a couple of minutes [=two minutes or more].

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Verb

Infinitive
to couple

Third person singular
coupl

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to couple (third-person singular simple present coupl, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To join two things together.
    Now the conductor will couple the train cars.

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French

Pronunciation

Noun

couple m.

  1. Two partners in a romantic or sexual relationship.
    Jean et Amélie forment un joli couple.

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