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noun couple pronunciation in American English /ˈkʌp(ə)l/
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singularcouple
pluralcouples
  1. 1
    [singular] informal two things or people of the same type

    “Has he had any serious girlfriends?” “A couple.”

    couple of:

    A couple of police officers were standing at the door.

    Take a couple of aspirin – you’ll soon feel better.

    1. a.
      a small number of things or people

      I’ve invited a couple of friends over.

      There were a couple of things I wanted to discuss.

  2. 2
    [countable] two people who are married or involved in a romantic relationship with each other

    The couple first met in 1985.

    A nice young couple has moved in next door.

    married couples with children

    1. a.
      two people who are doing something together, who may or may not be involved in a romantic relationship

      The room was full of dancing couples.

      the couple at the next table

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