[uh-lit-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv]


pertaining to or characterized by alliteration: alliterative verse.

Origin of alliterative

First recorded in 1755–65; alliterat(ion) + -ive
Related formsal·lit·er·a·tive·ly, adverbal·lit·er·a·tive·ness, nounnon·al·lit·er·a·tive, adjectivenon·al·lit·er·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·al·lit·er·a·tive·ness, nounun·al·lit·er·a·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for alliterative

1764, from alliterate + -ive. Related: Alliteratively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper