- resemblance of sounds.
- Also called vowel rhyme. Prosody. rhyme in which the same vowel sounds are used with different consonants in the stressed syllables of the rhyming words, as in penitent and reticence.
- partial agreement or correspondence.
Origin of assonance
Examples from the Web for assonant
Edom means red, and Bossrah is assonant to Bsser, a vinedresser.
All rhymes and all approaches to rhyme, form the assonant metres.The English Language
Robert Gordon Latham
I observed no instance of the assonant rhyme; but there are several glosses, or, in the Portuguese word, grosas.
Bel crouches—as men have crouched to Bel; Nebo cowers—a stronger verb than crouches, but assonant to it, like cower to crouch.
It is written in the assonant, or vowel rhyme, that was universal among European nations in the early stage of their civilization.National Epics
Kate Milner Rabb
- the use of the same vowel sound with different consonants or the same consonant with different vowels in successive words or stressed syllables, as in a line of verse. Examples are time and light or mystery and mastery
- partial correspondence; rough similarity
Word Origin and History for assonant
1727, "resemblance of sounds between words," from French assonance, from assonant, from Latin assonantem (nominative assonans), present participle of assonare "to resound, respond to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + sonare "to sound" (see sonata). Properly, in prosody, "rhyming of accented vowels, but not consonants" (1823).