the commencement of two or more stressed syllables of a word group either with the same consonant sound or sound group (consonantal alliteration ), as in from stem to stern, or with a vowel sound that may differ from syllable to syllable (vocalic alliteration ), as in each to all.: Compare consonance (def. 4a).
the commencement of two or more words of a word group with the same letter, as in apt alliteration's artful aid.
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How to use alliteration in a sentence
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I congratulated him on a “well-deserved win” and he commended me my alliteration, smiling profusely all the while.
No attempt is made to preserve alliteration or archaic diction.The Translations of Beowulf | Chauncey Brewster Tinker
You are familiar with the term "alliteration," and know that it is a favourite device of cheap journalism.The Sounds of Spoken English | Walter Rippmann
This has the right swing, and its slightly faulty alliteration could easily be mended, yet Saint Juliana is not verse.
Holthausen restores alliteration by substituting colde for winter.
Haec frumenta legit, si comperit; ordea spernit, T. finde ge, if she find: cleche for finde would restore the alliteration.
British Dictionary definitions for alliteration
the use of the same consonant (consonantal alliteration) or of a vowel, not necessarily the same vowel (vocalic alliteration), at the beginning of each word or each stressed syllable in a line of verse, as in around the rock the ragged rascal ran
- alliterative, adjective
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Cultural definitions for alliteration
The repetition of the beginning sounds of words, as in “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,” “long-lived,” “short shrift,” and “the fickle finger of fate.”
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