What does Couple mean?

Definitions for Couple
ˈkʌp əlcou·ple

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. couple, twosome, duo, duetnoun

    a pair who associate with one another

    "the engaged couple"; "an inseparable twosome"

  2. couple, mates, matchnoun

    a pair of people who live together

    "a married couple from Chicago"

  3. couplenoun

    a small indefinite number

    "he's coming for a couple of days"

  4. couple, pair, twosome, twain, brace, span, yoke, couplet, distich, duo, duet, dyad, duadnoun

    two items of the same kind

  5. coupleverb

    (physics) something joined by two equal and opposite forces that act along parallel lines

  6. match, mate, couple, pair, twinverb

    bring two objects, ideas, or people together

    "This fact is coupled to the other one"; "Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?"; "The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"

  7. couple, couple on, couple upverb

    link together

    "can we couple these proposals?"

  8. pair, pair off, partner off, coupleverb

    form a pair or pairs

    "The two old friends paired off"

  9. copulate, mate, pair, coupleverb

    engage in sexual intercourse

    "Birds mate in the Spring"


  1. couplenoun

    Two partners in a romantic or sexual relationship.

  2. couplenoun

    Two of the same kind connected or considered together (see Usage notes).

  3. couplenoun

    A small number of. See usage notes.

  4. couplenoun

    One of the pairs of plates of two metals which compose a voltaic battery, called a voltaic couple or galvanic couple.

  5. couplenoun

    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.

  6. coupleverb

    To join (two things) together, or (one thing) to (another).

  7. coupleverb

    To join in wedlock; to marry.

  8. coupleverb

    To join in sexual intercourse; to copulate.

  9. Etymology: From cople, from copula

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. COUPLEnoun

    Etymology: couple, Fr. copula, Latin.

    I’ll keep my stable-stand where
    I lodge my wife; I’ll go in couples with her,
    Than when I feel and see no further trust her. William Shakespeare.

    It is in some sort with friends as it is with dogs in couples; they should be of the same size and humour. Roger L'Estrange, Fab.

    He was taken up by a couple of shepherds, and by them brought to life again. Philip Sidney.

    A schoolmaster, who shall teach my son and your’s, I will provide; yea, though the three do cost me a couple of hundred pounds. Roger Ascham.

    A piece of chrystal inclosed a couple of drops, which looked like water when they were shaken, though perhaps they are nothing but bubbles of air. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.

    By adding one to one, we have the complex idea of a couple. John Locke.

    So shall all the couples three,
    Ever true in loving be. William Shakespeare, Midsum. Night’s Dream.

    Oh! alas!
    I lost a couple, that ’twixt heaven and earth
    Might thus have stood, begetting wonder, as
    You gracious couple do. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    I have read of a feigned commonwealth, where the married couple are permitted, before they contract, to see one another naked. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    He said: the careful couple join their tears,
    And then invoke the gods with pious prayers. Dryden.

    All succeeding generations of men are the progeny of one primitive couple. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

  2. To Coupleverb

    Etymology: copulo, Latin.

    Huntsman, I charge thee, tender well my hounds;
    Leech Merriman, the poor cur is imbost;
    And couple Clowder with the deep-mouth’d Brach. William Shakespeare.

    What greater ills have the heaven’s in store,
    To couple coming harms with sorrow past. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    And wheresoe’er we went, like Juno’s swans,
    Still we went coupled and inseparable. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    Put the taches into the loops, and couple the tent together, that it may be one. Exod. xxvi. 11.

    They behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. 1 Pet. iii. 2.

    Their concernments were so coupled, that if nature had not, yet their religions would have made them brothers. South.

    That man makes a mean figure in the eyes of reason, who is measuring syllables and coupling rhimes, when he should be mending his own soul, and securing his own immortality. Alexander Pope.

    I shall rejoice to see you so coupled, as may be fit both for your honour and your satisfaction. Philip Sidney.

    I am just going to assist with the archbishop, in degrading a parson who couples all our beggars, by which I shall make one happy man. Jonathan Swift.

  3. To Coupleverb

    To join in embraces.

    The fountains of waters there being rare, divers sorts of beasts come from several parts to drink; and so being refreshed, fall to couple, and many times with several kinds. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 77.

    Thou with thy lusty crew,
    Cast wanton eyes on the daughters of men,
    And coupled with them, and begot a race. John Milton, Parad. Reg.

    That great variety of brutes in Africa, is by reason of the meeting together of brutes of several species, and waters, and the promiscuous couplings of males and females of several species. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

    After this alliance,
    Let tigers match with hinds, and wolves with sheep,
    And every creature couple with his foe. John Dryden, Span. Fryar.


  1. couple

    A couple refers to two individuals who are in a committed relationship, typically involving romantic or intimate feelings towards each other. They are commonly seen as a pair or unit, sharing a mutual understanding, trust, and emotional connection. Couples can be married or unmarried, heterosexual or same-sex, and can come from various cultural or social backgrounds.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coupleadjective

    that which joins or links two things together; a bond or tie; a coupler

  2. Coupleadjective

    two of the same kind connected or considered together; a pair; a brace

  3. Coupleadjective

    a male and female associated together; esp., a man and woman who are married or betrothed

  4. Coupleadjective

    see Couple-close

  5. Coupleadjective

    one of the pairs of plates of two metals which compose a voltaic battery; -- called a voltaic couple or galvanic couple

  6. Coupleadjective

    two rotations, movements, etc., which are equal in amount but opposite in direction, and acting along parallel lines or around parallel axes

  7. Couple

    to link or tie, as one thing to another; to connect or fasten together; to join

  8. Couple

    to join in wedlock; to marry

  9. Coupleverb

    to come together as male and female; to copulate

  10. Etymology: [F. coupler, fr. L. copulare. See Couple, n., and cf. Copulate, Cobble, v.]


  1. Couple

    In mechanics, a couple is a system of forces with a resultant moment but no resultant force. A better term is force couple or pure moment. Its effect is to create rotation without translation, or more generally without any acceleration of the centre of mass. In rigid body mechanics, force couples are free vectors, meaning their effects on a body are independent of the point of application. The resultant moment of a couple is called a torque. This is not to be confused with the term torque as it is used in physics, where it is merely a synonym of moment. Instead, torque is a special case of moment. Torque has special properties that moment does not have, in particular the property of being independent of reference point, as described below.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Couple

    kup′l, n. that which joins two things together: two of a kind joined together, or connected: two: one pair at a dance: a pair: esp. of married or betrothed persons: (statics) a pair of equal forces acting on the same body in opposite and parallel directions.—v.t. to join together.—v.i. to pair sexually.—ns. Coup′lement, union: a couple; Coup′ler, one who or that which couples or unites; Coup′let, two lines of verse that rhyme with each other; Coup′ling, that which connects, an appliance for transmitting motion in machinery; Coup′ling-box, the box or ring of metal connecting the contiguous ends of two lengths of shafts; Coup′ling-pin, a pin or bolt used in coupling machinery.—adj. Well-coupled, of a horse, well formed at the part where the back joins the rump. [O. Fr. cople—L. copula.]

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Couple

    Two forces applied to different points of a straight line, when opposed in direction or unequal in amount, tend to cause rotation about a point intermediate between their points of application and lying on the straight line. Such a pair constitute a couple.


  1. Couple

    Couple is an app just for the two of you. It helps you stay connected, and feel close to each other. Whether it’s texting, sharing videos, photos, sketching together and more, Couple let’s your partner know that you’re thinking about them.Couple was part of the YCombinator W2012 batch, and was formerly named Pair until they renamed to Couple on January 31st, 2013.

Editors Contribution

  1. couple

    A male and female united in a relationship.

    They are a loving, united and joyful couple.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 10, 2020  

  2. couple

    A partnership who have a romantic connection and relationship or a partnership who live together at a dwelling, house or property.

    They are an amazing couple and love each other very much , choose to get married and spend their lives together.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 18, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Couple' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #944

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Couple' in Written Corpus Frequency: #424

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Couple' in Nouns Frequency: #306

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Couple' in Verbs Frequency: #889

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Couple in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Couple in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Couple in a Sentence

  1. Catherine McNally:

    Last year playing in juniors we actually played a couple matches indoors, so there was only about 20 people there maybe.

  2. Kristen Sorensen:

    After the first couple times, your brain connects to HAL, and I could see I was moving my legs Kristen Sorensen, it was just incredible -- my heart was just bursting.

  3. Jared Harris:

    I remember really very clearly coming out of the theater afterwards and seeing this look of surprise on his face. I can still hear the first laugh I got in the play a couple of minutes into being on stage, i can hear this laugh, and all I thought was,' Yes !'.

  4. Tohru Yamamoto:

    A couple of months ago, Yellen was cautiously optimistic. Now she appears cautious while trying to be optimistic, judging from her comments, a rate hike in July is completely off the table. It is questionable whether the Fed can have enough solid economic data to back up a rate hike even by September.

  5. Kurt Brunner:

    We could face a little more of this kind of trading as we see people position around the idea of a rate increase, over next couple weeks, it could be a little sloppy before we head into Thanksgiving.

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