- (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.
- consonant shift,
- consonant system,
- consonantal alliteration,
Origin of consonant
Examples from the Web for consonant
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
Word Origin for consonant
early 14c., "sound other than a vowel," from Latin consonantem (nominative consonans), present participle of consonare "to sound together, sound aloud," from com- "with" (see com-) + sonare "to sound" (see sonata). Consonants were thought of as sounds that are only produced together with vowels.
early 15c., from Old French consonant (13c.), from Latin consonantem (nominative consonans), present participle of consonare (see consonant (n.)).