rime: see rhyme.

Type of echoing produced by the close placement of two or more words with similarly sounding final syllables. Rhyme is used in poetry (and occasionally in prose) to produce sounds that appeal to the ear and to unify and establish a poem's stanzaic form. End rhyme (i.e., rhyme used at the end of a line to echo the end of another line) is most common, but internal rhyme (occurring before the end of a line) is frequently used as an embellishment. Types of “true rhyme” include masculine rhyme, in which the two words end with the same vowel-consonant combination (stand/land); feminine rhyme (or double rhyme), in which two syllables rhyme (profession/discretion); and trisyllabic rhyme, in which three syllables rhyme (patinate/latinate).

Learn more about rhyme with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Verse customarily told or sung to small children. Though the oral tradition of nursery rhymes is ancient, the largest number date from the 16th, 17th, and (most frequently) 18th centuries. Apparently most rhymes were originally composed for adults, many as popular ballads and songs. The earliest known published collection is Tommy Thumb's (Pretty) Song Book (1744), including “Little Tom Tucker,” “Sing a Song of Sixpence,” and “Who Killed Cock Robin?” The most influential collection was Mother Goose's Melody (1781), including “Jack and Jill,” “Ding Dong Bell,” and “Hush-a-bye Baby on the Tree Top.”

Learn more about nursery rhyme with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Rime is a coating of ice:

  • Hard rime, white ice that forms when water droplets in fog freeze to the outer surfaces of objects, such as trees
  • Soft rime, similar to hard rime, but feathery and milky in appearance

Rime is also an alternate spelling of "rhyme":

  • Syllable rime, term used in the study of phonology in linguistics
  • Rime dictionary, type of ancient Chinese dictionary used for writing poetry
  • Rime table, a syllable chart of the Chinese language
  • Rime riche, a form of rhyme using identical sounds

In literature:

Other uses:

See also

  • Rhyme, a repetition of identical or similar sounds in two or more different words

Search another word or see rimeon Dictionary | Thesaurus |Spanish
Copyright © 2015 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature