al·​lit·​er·​a·​tive ə-ˈli-tə-rə-tiv How to pronounce alliterative (audio)
: of, relating to, or marked by alliteration
alliteratively adverb

Examples of alliterative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Crockett hurled the alliterative insult seemingly at Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., Thursday during a heated House Oversight Committee session. Savannah Kuchar, USA TODAY, 20 May 2024 But how did this Christmastime ritual get its alliterative name in the first place? Ben Zimmer, WSJ, 7 Dec. 2023 John Carpenter’s Kinda Not-Urban Screams isn’t alliterative. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Oct. 2023 Despite the alliterative moniker, the group is more of a loose affiliation of litter-pickers who have found community — and share their bounty — on the website Reddit. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 31 July 2023 Alliteration was used as a formal structure in many Indo-European languages, known as alliterative verse. USA TODAY, 9 June 2023 Junior defender Mackenzie Loomis has the perfect alliterative name for St. Charles East. Patrick Z. McGavin, Chicago Tribune, 23 May 2023 The answer to this week’s contest crossword is an alliterative cartoon character who would have made a good sixth theme answer. WSJ, 4 May 2023 Journalism necessitates concision on a level that I’m not used to because informational language isn’t supposed to be flamboyant, flowery, frolicsome or alliterative – it’s supposed to convey information. Terah Bennett, oregonlive, 4 Aug. 2022

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Word History


alliter(ation) + -ative

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alliterative was in 1751

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“Alliterative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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