Meaning of COUPLE in English

COUPLE

n.

Pronunciation: ' k ə -p ə l; “ couple of ” is often ˌ k ə -pl ə (v)

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, pair, bond, from Anglo-French cuple, from Latin copula bond, from co- + apere to fasten ― more at APT

Date: 13th century

1 a : two persons married, engaged, or otherwise romantically paired b : two persons paired together

2 : PAIR , BRACE

3 : something that joins or links two things together: as a : two equal and opposite forces that act along parallel lines b : a pair of substances that in contact with an electrolyte participate in a transfer of electrons which causes an electric current to flow

4 : an indefinite small number : FEW <a couple of days ago>

– cou · ple · dom \ -d ə m \ noun

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.