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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.
    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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