Meaning of “couple” in the English Dictionary

"couple" in British English

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couplenoun

uk /ˈkʌp.əl/ us /ˈkʌp.əl/

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 of days.
A couple of people objected to the proposal, but the vast majority approved of it.
We'll have to wait another couple of hours for the paint to dry.
She'll be retiring in a couple more years.
The weather's been terrible for the last couple of days.
Many economists expect unemployment to fall over the next couple of months.
I'm sorry I didn't call you, but I've been very busy over the past couple of weeks.

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couple noun (TWO PEOPLE)

B1 [ C, + sing/pl verb ] two people who are married or in a romantic or sexual relationship, or two people who are together for a particular purpose:

a married couple
An elderly couple live (US lives) next door.
Should the government do more to help young couples buy their own homes?

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coupleverb

uk /ˈkʌp.əl/ us /ˈkʌp.əl/

(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 romantic relationship:

We’re having two couples over for dinner.

(Definition of “couple” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)