- 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 assonantal
Historical Examples of assonantal
In the modern Irish language the verse rhymes are assonantal.English As We Speak It in Ireland
P. W. Joyce
- 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 for assonance
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).