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assonance

[ as-uh-nuh ns ]
/ ˈæs ə nəns /
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noun

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.

Nearby words

associative learning, associative neuron, associative storage, assoil, assoluta, assonance, assort, assortative mating, assorted, assortment, assr

Origin of assonance

1720–30; < French, equivalent to asson(ant) sounding in answer (see as-, sonant) + -ance -ance
Related formsas·so·nant, adjective, nounas·so·nan·tal [as-uh-nan-tl] /ˌæs əˈnæn tl/, as·so·nan·tic, adjectivenon·as·so·nance, nounnon·as·so·nant, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for assonantal

  • In the modern Irish language the verse rhymes are assonantal.

    English As We Speak It in Ireland|P. W. Joyce

British Dictionary definitions for assonantal

assonance

/ (ˈæsənəns) /

noun

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
Derived Formsassonant, adjective, nounassonantal (ˌæsəˈnæntəl), adjective

Word Origin for assonance

C18: from French, from Latin assonāre to sound, from sonāre to sound
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Word Origin and History for assonantal

assonance


n.

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).

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