(1)   A pair who associate with one another
"The engaged couple"
"An inseparable twosome"
(2)   A pair of people who live together
"A married couple from Chicago"
(3)   (physics) something joined by two equal and opposite forces that act along parallel lines
(4)   Two items of the same kind
(5)   A small indefinite number
"He's coming for a couple of days"


(6)   Bring two objects, ideas, or people together
"This fact is coupled to the other one"
"Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?"
"The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"
(7)   Link together
"Can we couple these proposals?"
(8)   Make love
"Birds mate in the Spring"
(9)   Form a pair or pairs
"The two old friends paired off"


From , from


  1. Two partners in a romantic or sexual relationship.
    Joe and Amy make a nice couple.
  2. Two of the same kind connected or considered together (see Usage notes).
    They look like a couple of idiots!
  3. A small number of. See usage notes.
    Let me have a couple of slices of pepperoni.
  4. One of the pairs of plates of two metals which compose a voltaic battery, called a voltaic couple or galvanic couple.
  5. Two forces that are equal in magnitude but opposite in direction (and acting along parallel lines), thus creating the turning effect of a torque or moment.

Usage notes

  • In U.K. usage, couple is followed by of when used to mean "two", as in "a couple of people". In US usage, of is often omitted, as in "I went there a couple times".
  • In the U.S., "a couple of things" or people may be used to mean two of them, but it is also often used to mean any small number. The latter usage is disputed.
    The farm is a couple of miles off the main highway [=a few miles away].
  • In the U.K., "a couple of" almost always means just two
    We’re going out to a restaurant with a couple of friends [=two friends].
    Wait a couple of minutes [=two minutes or more].


  1. To join (two things) together, or (one thing) to (another).
    Now the conductor will couple the train cars.
    I've coupled our system to theirs.


  1. Two partners in a romantic or sexual relationship.
    Jean et Amélie forment un joli couple. - Jean and Amélie make a cute couple.
  2. A force couple; a pure moment.
  3. An ordered pair.
  4. An accessory used to tightly attach two animals next to each other by the neck.
  5. A pair of something.
  6. A few, a couple of something.