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Meaning of “couple” in the English Dictionary

"couple" in British English

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couplenoun

uk   us   /ˈkʌp.l̩/
  • couple noun (SOME)

B1 [S] two or a few things that are ​similar or the same, or two or a few ​people who are in some way ​connected: The ​doctor said my ​leg should be ​better in a couple ofdays. A couple ofpeopleobjected to the ​proposal, but the ​vastmajorityapproved of it. We'll have to ​wait another couple ofhours for the ​paint to ​dry. She'll be ​retiring in a couple moreyears. The weather's been ​terrible for the last couple ofdays. Many ​economistsexpectunemployment to ​fall over the next couple ofmonths. I'm ​sorry I didn't ​call you, but I've been very ​busy over the past couple ofweeks.

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  • couple noun (TWO PEOPLE)

B1 [C, + sing/pl verb] two ​people who are ​married or in a ​romantic or ​sexualrelationship, or two ​people who are together for a ​particularpurpose: a married couple An elderly couple ​live (USlives) next ​door. Should the ​government do more to ​help young couples ​buytheir own ​homes? The couple ​skatedspectacularlythroughout the ​competition.

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coupleverb

uk   us   /ˈkʌp.l̩/
  • couple verb (HAVE SEX)

[I] formal When two ​people or two ​animals couple, they have ​sex.
(Definition of couple from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"couple" in American English

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couplenoun

 us   /ˈkʌp·əl/
  • couple noun (SOME)

[U] two or a few things that are ​similar or the same, or two or a few ​people who are in some way ​connected: I’m ​packing a couple of ​sweaters in ​case it gets ​cold.
  • couple noun (TWO PEOPLE)

[C] two ​people who are ​married or who ​spend a lot of ​time together esp. in a ​romanticrelationship: We’re having two couples over for ​dinner.
(Definition of couple from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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