- (in English articulation) a speech sound produced by occluding with or without releasing (p, b; t, d; k, g), diverting (m, n, ng), or obstructing (f, v; s, z, etc.) the flow of air from the lungs (opposed to vowel).
- (in a syllable) any sound other than the sound of greatest sonority in the syllable, as b, r, and g in brig (opposed to sonant).Compare vowel (def. 1b).
- (in linguistic function) a concept empirically determined as a phonological element in structural contrast with vowel, as the b of be, the w of we, the y, s, and t of yeast, etc.
SYNONYMS FOR consonant
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Origin of consonant
OTHER WORDS FROM consonantcon·so·nant·like, adjectivecon·so·nant·ly, adverbun·con·so·nant, adjective
Words nearby consonant
Example sentences from the Web for consonant
In the flow of a news conference, it’s hard to expect him to avoid the occasional misplaced consonant.In Josh Bell, the Nationals added a big bat. Now Mike Rizzo might search for another.|Jesse Dougherty|December 26, 2020|Washington Post
It starts with two consonants that you don’t see together too often.
Appeals to “collective will” and the judgment of “history” are not consonant with liberal thought.
Romney's teenage bullying hurts him because it is consonant with his adult record.Paul Begala on Romney: Once a Bully, Always a Bully|Paul Begala|May 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The sun had already risen, bright and warm, consonant with the happiness of the new life now opening up for us.Andersonville, Volume 4|John McElroy
Irad and Jared differ in Hebrew only by the wearing away of one consonant.Archology and the Bible|George A. Barton
When preceded by a Vowel, and followed by a Consonant, it is often suppressed altogether; as, ta mi deanamh I am doing.Elements of Gaelic Grammar|Alexander Stewart
Rationally conceived they are not only consonant with Determinism, but each of them implies it.Determinism or Free-Will?|Chapman Cohen
The vowel and consonant signs are the same as in French; so are the inflections, the grammar, the construction.Occultism and Common-Sense|Beckles Willson