Definitions for consonantˈkɒn sə nənt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
con•so•nantˈkɒn sə nənt(n.)
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
Ref: (opposed to vowel ).
a letter or other symbol representing or usu. representing a consonant sound.
Category: Phonetics, Language/Linguistics
behavior consonant with his character.
corresponding in sound, as words.
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
a speech sound that is not a vowel
a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken consonant
consonant, harmonic, harmonical, harmonized, harmonised(adj)
involving or characterized by harmony
accordant, agreeable, conformable, consonant, concordant(adj)
"salaries agreeable with current trends"; "plans conformable with your wishes"; "expressed views concordant with his background"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
consonant(noun)ˈkɒn sə nənt
a letter of the alphabet that is not 'a', 'e', 'i', 'o', or 'u'
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.
A letter representing the sound of a consonant.
Characterized by harmony or agreement.
Origin: From consonans, sounding with, from prefix con-, with, + present participle sonans, sounding, from sonare, to sound
having agreement; congruous; consistent; according; -- usually followed by with or to
having like sounds
harmonizing together; accordant; as, consonant tones, consonant chords
of or pertaining to consonants; made up of, or containing many, consonants
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
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.
- medeklinker, konsonantAfrikaans
- حَرْف ساكِن، حَرْف صامِتArabic
- consoantePortuguese (BR)
- der KonsonantGerman
- σύμφωνο (γραμμ.)Greek
- حرف بی صداFarsi
- עִצוּר @@@עִיצוּר$$$Hebrew
- priebalsė, priebalsisLithuanian
- حرف بی صداPersian
- موافق، چپ يابې ږغه تورىPashto
- согласная букваRussian
- ünsüz (harf)Turkish
- 子音字母Chinese (Trad.)
- приголосна літера; такий, що позначає приголосний звукUkrainian
- حرف صحيحUrdu
- phụ âmVietnamese
- 辅音字母Chinese (Simp.)
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