al·​lit·​er·​a·​tive | \ ə-ˈli-tə-rə-tiv How to pronounce alliterative (audio) , -tə-ˌrā-tiv \

Definition of alliterative

: of, relating to, or marked by alliteration

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Other Words from alliterative

alliteratively adverb

Examples of alliterative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The White House has christened its new alliterative tennis facility, Pandemic Pavilion. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Heisman should go to the best football player, and that’s DeVonta Smith," 12 Dec. 2020 Mom’s on Marz — the official, alliterative name for the partnership — is one of a host of joint ventures opening throughout the city as a result of the pandemic shutdown. Adam Lukach,, "Chef partnerships becoming more common during COVID-19 pandemic as pros adapt to survive," 28 Sep. 2020 Gone, for now, are taco Tuesdays, wine Wednesdays and even non-alliterative traditions such as girls’ night out and date night. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "Move over Taco Tuesday, Friday night takeout is bringing restaurants back from the brink," 28 Aug. 2020 Instead, those asking the question are patronized with sweet-sounding speeches, made with alliterative apologia, often interspersed with recitations about the meaning of America, and ultimately in defense of the status quo. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, "How Do We Change America?," 8 June 2020 Last week, the boys wrote poems, came up with alliterative sentences, sketched animals, and submitted math worksheets and recordings of themselves reading to their teachers. Serena Ng, WSJ, "How One Family Is Dealing With Life, Disrupted," 12 Mar. 2020 The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983–1992 is like one running tabloid headline: snappy, smart, and suspenseful (not rarely alliterative), caught in the moment of never knowing what’s coming next, success or failure. Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, "The Transformation of Condé Nast," 21 Oct. 2019 Bruce Wayne was missing but his alliterative cousin Kate Kane was holding the fort as Batwoman. Christopher Borrelli,, "Behind the odd charm of the ‘Batwoman’ set in Chicago, even after they kicked me off," 2 Oct. 2019 The office rejected Brady's application to have the moniker all to himself, with regulators ruling that the alliterative title is too closely linked to New York Mets pitching icon Tom Seaver. NBC News, "Patent Office to Tom Brady: You are not that 'Terrific'," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of alliterative

1751, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alliterative

alliter(ation) + -ative

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The first known use of alliterative was in 1751

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Last Updated

19 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Alliterative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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