from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Agreement; harmony; accord.
  • n. Close correspondence of sounds.
  • n. The repetition of consonants or of a consonant pattern, especially at the ends of words, as in blank and think or strong and string.
  • n. Music A simultaneous combination of sounds not requiring resolution to another combination of sounds for finality of effect and conventionally regarded as harmonious or pleasing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The repetition of consonant sounds, but not vowels as in assonance.
  • n. harmony; agreement; lack of discordance

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Accord or agreement of sounds produced simultaneously, as a note with its third, fifth, and eighth.
  • n. Agreement or congruity; harmony; accord; consistency; suitableness.
  • n. Friendship; concord.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Accord or agreement of sounds; specifically, in music, a simultaneous combination of two tones that is, by itself, both agreeable and final in effect.
  • n. A state of agreement or accordance; congruity; harmony; consistency: as, the consonance of opinions among judges; the consonance of a ritual to the Scriptures.
  • n. The sympathetic vibration of a sonorous body, as a piano-string, when another of the same pitch is sounded near it.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of sounding harmonious
  • n. the repetition of consonants (or consonant patterns) especially at the ends of words


Latin consonantia (Wiktionary)



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