Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Rhyme'
- correspondence in the sounds of two or more lines (especially final sounds) [syn: rime]
- a piece of poetry [syn: verse] v
- compose rhymes [syn: rime]
- be similar in sound, especially with respect to the last syllable; "hat and cat rhyme" [syn: rime]
- Rhyme \Rhyme\, n. [OE. ryme, rime, AS. r[=i]m number; akin to
OHG. r[=i]m number, succession, series, G. reim rhyme. The
modern sense is due to the influence of F. rime, which is of
German origin, and originally the same word.] [The Old
English spelling rime is becoming again common. See Note
- An expression of thought in numbers, measure, or verse; a composition in verse; a rhymed tale; poetry; harmony of language. ``Railing rhymes.'' --Daniel. A ryme I learned long ago. --Chaucer. He knew Himself to sing, and build the lofty rime. --Milton.
- (Pros.) Correspondence of sound in the terminating words or syllables of two or more verses, one succeeding another immediately or at no great distance. The words or syllables so used must not begin with the same consonant, or if one begins with a vowel the other must begin with a consonant. The vowel sounds and accents must be the same, as also the sounds of the final consonants if there be any. For rhyme with reason may dispense, And sound has right to govern sense. --Prior.
- Verses, usually two, having this correspondence with each other; a couplet; a poem containing rhymes.
- A word answering in sound to another word. Female rhyme. See under Female. Male rhyme. See under Male. Rhyme or reason, sound or sense. Rhyme royal (Pros.), a stanza of seven decasyllabic verses, of which the first and third, the second, fourth, and fifth, and the sixth and seventh rhyme.
- Rhyme \Rhyme\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rhymed;p. pr. & vb. n.
Rhyming.] [OE. rimen, rymen, AS. r[=i]man to count: cf. F.
rimer to rhyme. See Rhyme, n.]
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Rhyme'
A rhyme is a repetition of similar sounds in two or more words and is most often used in poetry and songs. The word "rhyme" may also refer to a short poem, such as a rhyming couplet or other brief rhyming poem such as nursery rhymes.
The word rime, derived from Old Frankish language *rīm, a Germanic term meaning "series, sequence" attested in Old English (Old English rīm - "enumeration, series, numeral") and Old High German rīm, ultimately cognate to Old Irish rím, Greek ἀριθμός arithmos "number".
The spelling rhyme (from original rime) was introduced at the beginning of the Modern English period, due to a learned (but etymologically incorrect) association with Greek ῥυθμός (rhythmos, rhythm).
The older spelling rime survives in Modern English as a rare alternative spelling. A distinction between the spellings is also sometimes made in the study of linguistics and phonology, where rime/rhyme is used to refer to the nucleus and coda of a syllable. In this context, some prefer to spell this rime to separate it from the poetic rhyme covered by this article (see syllable rime).[See more about Rhyme at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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