as·​so·​nance | \ ˈa-sə-nən(t)s How to pronounce assonance (audio) \

Definition of assonance

1a : relatively close juxtaposition of similar sounds especially of vowels (as in "rise high in the bright sky")
b : repetition of vowels without repetition of consonants (as in stony and holy) used as an alternative to rhyme in verse
2 : resemblance of sound in words or syllables

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Other Words from assonance

assonant \ -​nənt How to pronounce assonant (audio) \ adjective or noun
assonantal \ ˌa-​sə-​ˈnan-​tᵊl How to pronounce assonantal (audio) \ adjective

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This intricate play of rhymes and assonances is reinforced and challenged by the contrasting textures that are so convincingly evoked by Chardin’s dry but sensuous brush marks. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "A Scene Beyond Time," 24 Aug. 2018 New poems no longer come to me, with their prodigies of metaphor and assonance. David Mehegan And Joseph P. Kahn,, "Donald Hall, former US poet laureate known for his ties to New Hampshire, dies at 89," 24 June 2018 Kodak Black is a sleepy-sounding vocalist who swallows his words, a tactic that obscures his enthusiasm for twisty assonance. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Kodak Black’s ‘Lil B.I.G. Pac’ Wrestles With Hard Choices," 22 June 2016

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First Known Use of assonance

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for assonance

French, from Latin assonare to answer with the same sound, from ad- + sonare to sound, from sonus sound — more at sound entry 1

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The first known use of assonance was in 1727

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English Language Learners Definition of assonance

technical : the use of words that have the same or very similar vowel sounds near one another (as in "summer fun" and "rise high in the bright sky")

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