Meaning of COUPLE in English

COUPLE

/ ˈkʌpl; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

1.

[ sing.+ sing./pl. v . ] couple (of sth) two people or things :

I saw a couple of men get out.

HELP NOTE : In BrE a plural verb is usually used in all 3 senses.

2.

[ sing.+ sing./pl. v . ] couple (of sth) a small number of people or things

SYN a few :

a couple of minutes

We went there a couple of years ago.

I've seen her a couple of times before.

I'll be with you in a minute. There are a couple of things I have to do first.

There are a couple more files to read first.

We can do it in the next couple of weeks.

The last couple of years have been difficult.

3.

[ C +sing./pl. v . ] two people who are seen together, especially if they are married or in a romantic or sexual relationship :

married couples

a young / an elderly couple

Several couples were on the dance floor.

The couple was / were married in 1976.

IDIOMS

see shake noun

►  a couple pronoun :

Do you need any more glasses? I've got a couple I can lend you.

►  couple determiner ( NAmE ):

It's only a couple blocks away.

■ verb

1.

[ vn ] [ usually passive ] ~ A (to B) | ~ A and B together to join together two parts of sth, for example two vehicles or pieces of equipment :

The two train cars had been coupled together.

CDTV uses a CD-ROM system that is coupled to a powerful computer.

2.

[ v ] ( formal ) ( of two people or animals ) to have sex

PHRASAL VERBS

- couple sb/sth with sb/sth

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English : from Old French cople (noun), copler (verb), from Latin copula (noun), copulare (verb), from co- together + apere fasten. Compare with copula and copulate .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.