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couple (n.)

late 13c., "two of the same kind or class connected or considered together," especially "a man and a woman associated together by marriage or love," 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."

From mid-14c. as "that which unites two." In electricity, "pair of connected plates of different metals used for creating a current," from 1863.

Origin and meaning of couple

couple (v.)

c. 1200, "to link or connect, as one thing with another," from Old French copler "to couple, join together," from cople (see couple (n.)). Meaning "unite in marriage" is from mid-14c.; that of "embrace sexually, copulate" is from c. 1400. Related: Coupled; coupling.

Origin and meaning of couple

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Definitions of couple from WordNet
1
couple (n.)
a pair who associate with one another;
the engaged couple
Synonyms: twosome / duo / duet
couple (n.)
a pair of people who live together;
a married couple from Chicago
Synonyms: mates / match
couple (n.)
a small indefinite number;
he's coming for a couple of days
couple (n.)
two items of the same kind;
Synonyms: pair / twosome / twain / brace / span / yoke / couplet / distich / duo / duet / dyad / duad
couple (n.)
(physics) something joined by two equal and opposite forces that act along parallel lines;
2
couple (v.)
bring two objects, ideas, or people together;
This fact is coupled to the other one
Synonyms: match / mate / pair / twin
couple (v.)
link together;
can we couple these proposals?
Synonyms: couple on / couple up
couple (v.)
form a pair or pairs;
Synonyms: pair / pair off / partner off
couple (v.)
engage in sexual intercourse;
Synonyms: copulate / mate / pair
From wordnet.princeton.edu