Definition of alliteration
: the repetition of usually initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables (such as wild and woolly, threatening throngs) —called also head rhyme, initial rhyme
Examples of alliteration in a Sentence
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
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
Recent Examples of alliteration from the Web
Still, Republicans clamped the alliteration together in a binary conjunction.
And his band's name comes from bears being in the Michigan woods as well as Nyblad's love of alliteration.
The opening alliteration is some of Pac’s best lyrical display.
If there's a little alliteration to go off of, all the better.
This is really the writer Stan Lee’s fault, but Strange can’t speak without racking up frequent-alliteration points.
After a cleansing regurgitation brought on by my alliteration, B-Lee gave me the greenlight.
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Origin and Etymology of alliteration
ad- + Latin littera letter
First Known Use: circa 1624See Words from the same year
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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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