al·​lit·​er·​ate ə-ˈli-tə-ˌrāt How to pronounce alliterate (audio)
alliterated; alliterating

intransitive verb

: to form an alliteration
: to write or speak alliteratively

transitive verb

: to arrange or place so as to make alliteration
alliterate syllables in a sentence

Word History


back-formation from alliteration

First Known Use

1739, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of alliterate was in 1739

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Cite this Entry

“Alliterate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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