alliteration

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noun al·lit·er·a·tion \ə-ˌli-tə-ˈrā-shən\

Definition of alliteration

  1. :  the repetition of usually initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables (as wild and woolly, threatening throngs) —called also head rhyme, initial rhyme

Examples of alliteration in a sentence

  1. As far as sound repetition goes, I don't have any principles. I try to stay away from heavy alliteration and other pyrotechnics because I think they detract from the sense of the poem and blur the imagery. —Maxine Kumin, “A Questionnaire,” 1977, in To Make a Prairie, 1979

  2. More specifically, how are actual events deformed by the application to them of metaphor, rhetorical comparison, prose rhythm, assonance, alliteration, allusion, and sentence structures and connectives implying clear causality? —Paul Fussel, The Great War and Modern Memory, 1975

Origin and Etymology of alliteration

ad- + Latin littera letter


First Known Use: circa 1624

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ALLITERATION Defined for English Language Learners

alliteration

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noun al·lit·er·a·tion \ə-ˌli-tə-ˈrā-shən\

Definition of alliteration for English Language Learners

  • : the use of words that begin with the same sound near one another (as in wild and woolly or a babbling brook )



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