[ as-uh-nuh ns ]
/ ˈæs ə nəns /
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.
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Origin of assonance
OTHER WORDS FROM assonanceas·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
Words nearby assonance
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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
/ (ˈæsənəns) /
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 forms of assonanceassonant, adjective, nounassonantal (ˌæsəˈnæntəl), adjective
Word Origin for assonance
C18: from French, from Latin assonāre to sound, from sonāre to sound
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