con·​so·​nance ˈkän(t)-s(ə-)nən(t)s How to pronounce consonance (audio)
: harmony or agreement among components
His beliefs are in consonance with the political party's views.
: correspondence or recurrence of sounds especially in words
specifically : recurrence or repetition of consonants especially at the end of stressed syllables without the similar correspondence of vowels (as in the final sounds of "stroke" and "luck")

Examples of consonance in a Sentence

at present, the living room lacks consonance because all of the furniture is on one side in good writing there is always consonance of thought and expression, as the use of simple words for simple thoughts
Recent Examples on the Web Dissonance dissolves into consonance, consonance is drowned in dissonance. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2024 The consonance between domestic order and foreign affairs proved difficult to sustain, however. Charles King, Foreign Affairs, 18 June 2021 The simile is novel and yet the sort of thing a young woman would think; there is assonance and consonance seesawing across the sentence, which is slow and gorgeous rather than quick and thrilling. Joanna Biggs, Harper's Magazine, 10 Jan. 2024 Eilish cautions against reading any song as autobiographical, but this song — about being widely seen yet deeply lost and misunderstood — has consonance. August Brown, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2023 See all Example Sentences for consonance 

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Word History


Middle English consonance, consonaunce "fixed relationship, agreement," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French consonance "musical note, sound," borrowed from Latin consonantia "musical concord, harmony of sounds," noun derivative of consonant-, consonans "sounding in accord, agreeing, fitting" — more at consonant entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of consonance was in the 15th century

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“Consonance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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con·​so·​nance ˈkän(t)-s(ə-)nən(t)s How to pronounce consonance (audio)
: harmony or agreement especially of musical tones or speech sounds

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