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Definition of couple noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[singular] couple (of something) two people or things I saw a couple of men get out.
  2. 2[singular] couple (of something) a small number of people or things synonym a few a couple of minutes We went there a couple of years ago. I've seen her a couple of times before. I'll be with you in a minute. There are a couple of things I have to do first. There are a couple more files to read first. We can do it in the next couple of weeks. The last couple of years have been difficult.
  3. 3[countable] two people who are seen together, especially if they are married or in a romantic or sexual relationship married couples a young/an elderly couple Several couples were on the dance floor. The couple were/was married in 2006. Topic CollocationsMarriage and Divorceromance fall/be (madly/deeply/hopelessly)in love (with somebody) be/believe in/fall in love at first sight be/find true love/the love of your life suffer (from) (the pains/pangs of) unrequited love have/feel/show/express great/deep/genuine affection for somebody/something meet/marry your husband/wife/partner/fiancé/fiancée/boyfriend/girlfriend have/go on a (blind)date be going out with/dating a guy/girl/boy/man/woman move in with/live with your boyfriend/girlfriendweddings get/be engaged/married/divorced arrange/plan a wedding have a big wedding/a honeymoon/a happy marriage have/enter into an arranged marriage call off/cancel/postpone your wedding invite somebody to/go to/attend a wedding/a wedding ceremony/a wedding reception conduct/perform a wedding ceremony exchange rings/wedding vows/marriage vows congratulate/toast/raise a glass to the happy couple be/go on your honeymoon (with your wife/husband) celebrate your first (wedding) anniversaryseparation and divorce be unfaithful to/ (informal) cheat on your husband/wife/partner/fiancé/fiancée/boyfriend/girlfriend have an affair (with somebody) break off/end an engagement/a relationship break up with/ (informal) dump your boyfriend/girlfriend separate from/be separated from/leave/divorce your husband/wife annul/dissolve a marriage file for/ask for/go through/get a divorce get/gain/be awarded/have/lose custody of the children pay alimony/child support (to your ex-wife/husband)
    pronoun Do you need any more glasses? I've got a couple I can lend you.
  5. couple determiner
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  6. It's only a couple blocks away.
  7. Idioms
    in two shakes/in a couple of shakes (informal)
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    very soon We'll be there in a couple of shakes.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: couple