Definitions for consonantˈkɒn sə nənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•so•nantˈkɒn sə nənt(n.)

  1. a speech sound produced by occluding (p, b, t, d, k, g), diverting (m, n, ng), or obstructing (f, v, s, z, etc.) the flow of air from the lungs

    Category: Phonetics

    Ref: (opposed to vowel ).

  2. a letter or other symbol representing or usu. representing a consonant sound.

    Category: Phonetics, Language/Linguistics

  3. (adj.)in accord:

    behavior consonant with his character.

  4. corresponding in sound, as words.

  5. pertaining to or being a musical consonance.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of consonant:

1350–1400; ME (< AF) < L consonant-, s. of consonāns, prp. of consonāre to sound with or together. See con -, sonant


Princeton's WordNet

  1. consonant(noun)

    a speech sound that is not a vowel

  2. consonant(adj)

    a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken consonant

  3. consonant, harmonic, harmonical, harmonized, harmonised(adj)

    involving or characterized by harmony

  4. accordant, agreeable, conformable, consonant, concordant(adj)

    in keeping

    "salaries agreeable with current trends"; "plans conformable with your wishes"; "expressed views concordant with his background"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. consonant(noun)ˈkɒn sə nənt

    a letter of the alphabet that is not 'a', 'e', 'i', 'o', or 'u'


  1. consonant(Noun)

    A sound that results from the passage of air through restrictions of the oral cavity; any sound that is not the dominant sound of a syllable, the dominant sound generally being a vowel.

  2. consonant(Noun)

    A letter representing the sound of a consonant.

  3. consonant(Adjective)

    Characterized by harmony or agreement.

  4. Origin: From consonans, sounding with, from prefix con-, with, + present participle sonans, sounding, from sonare, to sound

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consonant(adj)

    having agreement; congruous; consistent; according; -- usually followed by with or to

  2. Consonant(adj)

    having like sounds

  3. Consonant(adj)

    harmonizing together; accordant; as, consonant tones, consonant chords

  4. Consonant(adj)

    of or pertaining to consonants; made up of, or containing many, consonants

  5. Consonant(noun)

    an articulate sound which in utterance is usually combined and sounded with an open sound called a vowel; a member of the spoken alphabet other than a vowel; also, a letter or character representing such a sound


  1. Consonant

    In articulatory phonetics, a consonant is a speech sound that is articulated with complete or partial closure of the vocal tract. Examples are, pronounced with the lips, pronounced with the front of the tongue, pronounced with the back of the tongue, pronounced in the throat; and, pronounced by forcing air through a narrow channel; and and, which have air flowing through the nose. Contrasting with consonants are vowels. Since the number of possible sounds in all of the world's languages is much greater than the number of letters in any one alphabet, linguists have devised systems such as the International Phonetic Alphabet to assign a unique and unambiguous symbol to each attested consonant. In fact, the English alphabet has fewer consonant letters than English has consonant sounds, so digraphs like "ch", "sh", "th", and "zh" are used to extend the alphabet, and some letters and digraphs represent more than one consonant. For example, the sound spelled "th" in "this" is a different consonant than the "th" sound in "thin".

Translations for consonant

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


any letter of the alphabet except a, e, i, o, u which are vowels.

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