Definition of rhyme noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//raɪm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//raɪm//
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  1. 1[countable] a word that has the same sound or ends with the same sound as another word Can you think of a rhyme for ‘beauty’?
  2. 2[countable] a short poem in which the last word in the line has the same sound as the last word in another line, especially the next one children’s rhymes and stories see also nursery rhyme
  3. 3[uncountable] the use of words in a poem or song that have the same sound, especially at the ends of lines a poem written in rhyme the poet’s use of rhyme a poem with an unusual rhyme scheme a poem without rhyme
  4. Word OriginMiddle English rime, from Old French, from medieval Latin rithmus, via Latin from Greek rhuthmos (related to rhein ‘to flow’). The current spelling was introduced in the early 17th cent. under the influence of rhythm. Wordfindercouplet, image, lyric, poetry, recite, refrain, rhyme, scansion, stanza, verseExtra examples The children sang a nursery rhyme. The kids made up a rhyme about a frog. a story in rhymeIdioms
    there’s no rhyme or reason to/for something, without rhyme or reason
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    if there is no rhyme or reason to something or it happens without rhyme or reason, it happens in a way that cannot be easily explained or understood Suddenly, without rhyme or reason, his mood changed.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: rhyme