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consonant

adjective con·so·nant \ ˈkän(t)-s(ə-)nənt \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of consonant

1 : being in agreement or harmony : free from elements making for discord
  • The decision was consonant with the company's usual practice.
2 : marked by musical consonances
  • consonant chords
3 : having similar sounds
  • consonant words
4 : relating to or exhibiting consonance : resonant

consonantly

adverb

Examples of consonant in a Sentence

  1. the temples and palaces of ancient Greece are among the most consonant buildings in architectural history

  2. his gentle behavior is consonant with his expressed belief in pacifism

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Origin and Etymology of consonant

Middle English, from Latin consonant-, consonans, present participle of consonare to sound together, agree, from com- + sonare to sound — more at sound

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consonant

noun

Definition of consonant

: one of a class of speech sounds (such as \p\, \g\, \, \l\, \s\, \r\) characterized by constriction or closure at one or more points in the breath channel; also : a letter representing a consonant usually used in English of any letter except a, e, i, o, and u

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Origin and Etymology of consonant

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin consonant-, consonans, from present participle of consonare — see 1consonant

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CONSONANT Defined for English Language Learners

consonant

adjective

Definition of consonant for English Language Learners

  • : in agreement with something

  • music : in harmony


consonant

noun

Definition of consonant for English Language Learners

  • : a speech sound (such as /p/, /d/, or /s/) that is made by partly or completely stopping the flow of air breathed out from the mouth

  • : a letter that represents a consonant; especially : any letter of the English alphabet except a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y


CONSONANT Defined for Kids

consonant

noun con·so·nant \ ˈkän-sə-nənt \

Definition of consonant for Students

1 : a letter in the English alphabet other than a, e, i, o, or u
2 : a speech sound (as \p\, \n\, or \s\) produced by partly or completely stopping the flow of air breathed out of the mouth


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