- 1two individuals or things of the same sort considered together
- 2a small number of
- 3two people who are married or in a romantic relationship
Using couple: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "couple" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
I need a couple of minutes to finish this task.
A couple of friends came over for dinner.
They have been a couple for five years now.
The couple decided to adopt a child.
couple Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using couple
I don't think he understands what's going on. He's a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic.
I'll be ready in a couple of shakes.
Can I have a couple of words with you in private?
Phrases with couple
Can I borrow a couple of dollars?
They are an odd couple, but they make it work.
a couple consisting of two people who are both influential or successful in their own right
They are a power couple in the entertainment industry.
Origins of couple
from Old French 'cople', from Latin 'copula', meaning 'a bond'
Summary: couple in Brief
The term 'couple' [ˈkʌpl] refers to two individuals or things of the same sort considered together, or a small number of something. It also denotes two people who are married or in a romantic relationship, as in 'They have been a couple for five years now.' 'Couple' is used in phrases like 'a couple of something,' and idioms like 'a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic,' meaning not very intelligent, and 'a couple of shakes,' meaning a very short period of time.