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noun     couple pronunciation in American English
/ˈkʌp(ə)l/
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  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.

    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

  3. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
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    in informal US English, used without 'of' to refer to a small number of people or things

    She used to rarely say anything, but in the past couple weeks she’s grown confident enough to answer questions out loud.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 06/10/2015
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