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consonant

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adjective con·so·nant \ˈkän(t)-s(ə-)nənt\

Simple Definition of consonant

  • : in agreement with something

  • music : in harmony

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of consonant

  1. 1 :  being in agreement or harmony :  free from elements making for discord

  2. 2 :  marked by musical consonances

  3. 3 :  having similar sounds <consonant words>

  4. 4 :  relating to or exhibiting consonance :  resonant

consonantly

adverb

Examples of consonant in a sentence

  1. <the temples and palaces of ancient Greece are among the most consonant buildings in architectural history>

  2. <his gentle behavior is consonant with his expressed belief in pacifism>



Origin and Etymology of consonant

Middle English, from Latin consonant-, consonans, present participle of consonare to sound together, agree, from com- + sonare to sound — more at sound


First Known Use: 15th century

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consonant

noun con·so·nant

Simple Definition of consonant

  • : a speech sound (such as /p/, /d/, or /s/) that is made by partly or completely stopping the flow of air breathed out from the mouth

  • : a letter that represents a consonant; especially : any letter of the English alphabet except a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of consonant

  1. :  one of a class of speech sounds (as \p\, \g\, \n\, \l\, \s\, \r\) characterized by constriction or closure at one or more points in the breath channel; also :  a letter representing a consonant —usually used in English of any letter except a, e, i, o, and u

Origin and Etymology of consonant

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin consonant-, consonans, from present participle of consonare


First Known Use: 14th century

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CONSONANT Defined for Kids

consonant

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noun con·so·nant \ˈkän-sə-nənt\

Definition of consonant for Students

  1. 1 :  a letter in the English alphabet other than a, e, i, o, or u

  2. 2 :  a speech sound (as \p\, \n\, or \s\) produced by partly or completely stopping the flow of air breathed out of the mouth





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