[ kon-suh-nuhns ]
See synonyms for consonance on
  1. accord or agreement.

  2. correspondence of sounds; harmony of sounds.

  1. Music. a simultaneous combination of tones conventionally accepted as being in a state of repose.: Compare dissonance (def. 2).

  2. Prosody.

  3. Physics. the property of two sounds the frequencies of which have a ratio equal to a small whole number.

Origin of consonance

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin consonantia “concord,” from consonant- (stem of consonāns “sounding together”; see consonant) + -ia -y
  • Also con·so·nan·cy .

Other words for consonance

Opposites for consonance

Other words from consonance

  • non·con·so·nance, noun

Words Nearby consonance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use consonance in a sentence

  • With the changes in the rhythm of the dance, and the gestures that vary in consonance, the echo within sings to a new tune.

    Spirit and Music | H. Ernest Hunt
  • Moreover, this order of succession is also in greater consonance with the general laws underlying social changes of this sort.

British Dictionary definitions for consonance



/ (ˈkɒnsənəns) /

nounplural -nances or -nancies
  1. agreement, harmony, or accord

  2. prosody similarity between consonants, but not between vowels, as between the s and t sounds in sweet silent thought: Compare assonance (def. 1)

  1. music

    • 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 intervals: Compare dissonance (def. 3)

    • an interval or chord producing this sensation

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