assonance

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noun as·so·nance \ˈa-sə-nən(t)s\

Definition of assonance

  1. 1 :  resemblance of sound in words or syllables

  2. 2 a :  relatively close juxtaposition of similar sounds especially of vowels b :  repetition of vowels without repetition of consonants (as in stony and holy) used as an alternative to rhyme in verse

assonant

play \-nənt\ adjective or noun

assonantal

play \ˌa-sə-ˈnan-təl\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of assonance

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


First Known Use: 1727

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ASSONANCE Defined for English Language Learners

assonance

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noun as·so·nance \ˈa-sə-nən(t)s\

Definition of assonance for English Language Learners

  • : 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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