A rhyme is when the ending sounds of two words sound alike — like "mouse" and "house" or "complain" and "sustain." If you have a knack for rhyme, you might have a bright future as a poet.

“True wit is nature to advantage dress'd; / What oft was thought, but ne'er so well express'd”: lines of rhyme written by English poet Alexander Pope. The way “dress’d” and “express’d” sound, that’s rhyme. Rhyme shares the same Latin root as rhythm, and poetry that rhymes does have a rhythm to it, like in a song. Rhyme is a noun for similar sounds or a poem that uses rhyme, and it’s also a verb, like saying, “What rhymes with orange?”

Definitions of rhyme
  1. noun
    correspondence in the sounds of two or more lines (especially final sounds)
    synonyms: rime
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    internal rhyme
    a rhyme between words in the same line
    alliteration, beginning rhyme, head rhyme, initial rhyme
    use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse
    assonance, vowel rhyme
    the repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words
    consonance, consonant rhyme
    the repetition of consonants (or consonant patterns) especially at the ends of words
    double rhyme
    a two-syllable rhyme
    eye rhyme
    an imperfect rhyme on words that appear to rhyme (e.g., 'love' and `move')
    slant rhyme
    an imperfect rhyme in which only the vowel sounds or consonant sounds correspond, as in “far / part” or “last / taste
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    the form or metrical composition of a poem
  2. noun
    a piece of poetry
    synonyms: verse
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    a witty satiric verse containing two rhymed couplets and mentioning a famous person
    doggerel, doggerel verse, jingle
    a comic verse of irregular measure
    a humorous verse form of 5 anapestic lines with a rhyme scheme aabba
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    poem, verse form
    a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines
  3. verb
    be similar in sound, especially with respect to the last syllable
    “hat and cat rhyme
    synonyms: rime
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    correspond in vowel sounds; rhyme in assonance
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    agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally
    be compatible, similar, or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
  4. verb
    compose rhymes
    synonyms: rime
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    supply (blank verse or prose) with rhymes
    use alliteration as a form of poetry
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    create verbally
    create with or from words
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