consonance

[kon-suh-nuhns]

noun

accord or agreement.
correspondence of sounds; harmony of sounds.
Music. a simultaneous combination of tones conventionally accepted as being in a state of repose.Compare dissonance(def 2).
Prosody.
  1. the correspondence of consonants, especially those at the end of a word, in a passage of prose or verse.Compare alliteration(def 1).
  2. the use of the repetition of consonants or consonant patterns as a rhyming device.
Physics. the property of two sounds the frequencies of which have a ratio equal to a small whole number.

Nearby words

  1. consolidator,
  2. consols,
  3. consolute,
  4. consomme,
  5. consommé,
  6. consonant,
  7. consonant shift,
  8. consonant system,
  9. consonantal,
  10. consonantal alliteration

Also con·so·nan·cy.

Origin of consonance

1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin consonantia concord. See consonant, -ance

Related formsnon·con·so·nance, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for consonance

consonance

consonancy

noun plural -nances or -nancies

agreement, harmony, or accord
prosody similarity between consonants, but not between vowels, as between the s and t sounds in sweet silent thoughtCompare assonance (def. 1)
music
  1. an aesthetically pleasing sensation or perception associated with the interval of the octave, the perfect fourth and fifth, the major and minor third and sixth, and chords based on these intervalsCompare dissonance (def. 3)
  2. an interval or chord producing this sensation
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Word Origin and History for consonance

consonance

n.

early 15c., "agreement among persons," from Old French consonance (12c.) "consonance, rhyme," from Latin consonantia "harmony, agreement," from consonantem (nominative consonans) (see consonant). Meaning "correspondence of sounds" is from 1580s.

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