couple (n.)

late 13c., from Old French cople "married couple, lovers" (12c., Modern French couple), from Latin copula "tie, connection," from PIE *ko-ap-, from *ko(m)- "together" + *ap- "to take, reach." Sense extended mid-14c. to mean any two things.

couple (v.)

c. 1200, from Old French copler, from cople (see couple (n.)). Related: Coupled; coupling.

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