from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Being in agreement or accord: remarks consonant with our own beliefs.
- adj. Corresponding or alike in sound, as words or syllables.
- adj. Harmonious in sound or tone.
- n. A speech sound produced by a partial or complete obstruction of the air stream by any of various constrictions of the speech organs, such as (p), (f), (r), (w), and (h).
- n. A letter or character representing such a speech sound.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sound that results from the passage of air through restrictions of the oral cavity; any sound that is not the dominant sound of a syllable, the dominant sound generally being a vowel.
- n. A letter representing the sound of a consonant.
- adj. Characterized by harmony or agreement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having agreement; congruous; consistent; according; -- usually followed by with or to.
- adj. Having like sounds.
- adj. harmonizing together; accordant.
- adj. Of or pertaining to consonants; made up of, or containing many, consonants.
- n. An articulate sound which in utterance is usually combined and sounded with an open sound called a vowel; a member of the spoken alphabet other than a vowel; also, a letter or character representing such a sound.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Sounding together; agreeing in sound; specifically, in music, having an agreeable and complete or final effect: said of a combination of sounds.
- Having or emitting like sounds.
- Harmonious; agreeing; congruous; consistent: followed generally by to, sometimes by with: as, this rule is consonant to Scripture and reason.
- [Attrib. use of noun.] Consisting of or relating to consonants; consonantal.
- n. An alphabetic element other than a vowel; one of the closer, less resonant and continuable, of the sounds making up a spoken alphabet; an articulate utterance which is combined, to form a syllable, with another opener utterance called a vowel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a speech sound that is not a vowel
- adj. involving or characterized by harmony
- n. a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken consonant
- adj. in keeping
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cōnsonāns, cōnsonant-, present participle of cōnsonāre, to agree : com-, com- + sonāre, to sound; see swen- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin consonans, sounding with, from prefix con-, with, + present participle sonans, sounding, from sonare, to sound (Wiktionary)