Definitions for assonanceˈæs ə nəns
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
as•so•nanceˈæs ə nəns(n.)
similarity of sounds in words or syllables.
rhyme in which the same vowel sounds are used with different consonants in the stressed syllables of the rhyming words, as in penitent and
Origin of assonance:
1720–30; < F, =asson(ant) (< L assonant-, s. of assonāns, prp. of assonāre to sound; see as-, sound1 )
assonance, vowel rhyme(noun)
the repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words
The repetition of similar or identical vowel sounds (though with different consonants), usually in literature or poetry.
Origin: assonance, from word assonare.
resemblance of sound
a peculiar species of rhyme, in which the last acce`ted vow`l and tnose whioh follow it in one word correspond in sound with the vowels of another word, while the consonants of the two words are unlike in sound; as, calamo and platano, baby and chary