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 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 Often, they are branded on social media with alliterative nicknames – Permit Patty and BBQ Becky, for example. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "'Daddy, let's go, please': Son tearfully protests as dad calls cops on black man, video shows," 10 July 2019 While Jessa and Ben didn't go the alliterative route like Michelle Duggar, their sons' names share other similarities. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "See Jessa Duggar Seewald's Pregnancy Announcement Photo," 9 Jan. 2019 But the most aggravating episode, the alliterative Sox stupidity, occurred in the sixth when Welington Castillo didn’t run out a popup. Steve Rosenbloom,, "Do the White Sox really think Manny Machado would want to play for a team like theirs?," 22 May 2018 The series abounds with pairs of hapless bozos whose comedic value is underlined by their alliterative names. Alice Bolin, Longreads, "The Daughter as Detective," 26 June 2018 That Lightning Lap is also alliterative is a source of amusement and at least a bit of embarrassment. Car and Driver, "Lightning Lap 2017: 19 New Performance Cars Attack America's Most Grueling Racetrack!," 30 Sep. 2017

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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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4 Dec 2019

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“Alliterative.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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