- (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
Each word was one syllable and had starting and ending consonants that sandwiched a vowel sound.
However, Bottalico notes, that still wouldn’t change the fact that masks stifle consonants more than vowels.
That’s important, says Bottalico, because consonants typically have a higher frequency, or pitch, than vowel sounds.
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
It is combined with these consonant elements in order to invite it forward and bring it to a point (figuratively speaking).Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
The most recklessly chivalrous terms are indeed consonant with Sir Edward's character.
The story seems little consonant with Douglas's warlike intelligence.
Ten Brink reads ay for ever, on the ground that ever and never, when followed by a consonant, are dissyllabic in Chaucer.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems|Geoffrey Chaucer
No Russian, whose dissonant, consonant name Almost rattles to fragments the trumpet of fame?Postscript.Newton Forster|Captain Frederick Marryat