[ kon-suh-nuhnt ]
/ ˈkɒn sə nənt /
- (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.
a letter that usually represents a consonant sound.
Origin of consonant
SYNONYMS FOR consonant
Related formscon·so·nant·like, adjectivecon·so·nant·ly, adverbun·con·so·nant, adjective
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Examples from the Web for consonantly
"They would have socked it to him, I reckon," Jimmy exclaimed, consonantly.The Entailed Hat|George Alfred Townsend
British Dictionary definitions for consonantly
/ (ˈkɒnsənənt) /
a speech sound or letter of the alphabet other than a vowel; a stop, fricative, or continuant
(postpositive; foll by with or to) consistent; in agreement
harmonious in tone or sound
music characterized by the presence of a consonance
being or relating to a consonant
Derived Formsconsonantly, adverb
Word Origin for consonant
C14: from Latin consonāns, from consonāre to sound at the same time, be in harmony, from sonāre to sound
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