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əˌlɪt əˈreɪ ʃənal·lit·er·a·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alliteration, initial rhyme, beginning rhyme, head rhyme(noun)

    use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse

    "around the rock the ragged rascal ran"


  1. alliteration(Noun)

    The repetition of consonants at the beginning of two or more words immediately succeeding each other, or at short intervals.

    Etymology: From ad and litera.

  2. alliteration(Noun)

    The recurrence of the same letter in accented parts of words, as in Anglo-Saxon alliterative meter.

    Etymology: From ad and litera.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alliteration(noun)

    the repetition of the same letter at the beginning of two or more words immediately succeeding each other, or at short intervals; as in the following lines: -

    Etymology: [L. ad + litera letter. See Letter.]


  1. Alliteration

    In language, 'alliteration' is the repetition of a particular sound in the prominent lifts of a series of words or phrases. Alliteration has developed largely through poetry, in which it more narrowly refers to the repetition of a consonant in any syllables that, according to the poem's meter, are stressed, as in James Thomson's verse "Come…dragging the lazy languid Line along". Another example is Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers. In alliterative verse, the alliteration that is relevant to the metre is the lift of the half-line; the ironic example often given to illustrate this is that the word alliteration itself alliterates on the consonant l, not a - thus, bold beauty is an alliterative formula, between beauties is not, etc. Consonance is another 'phonetic agreement' akin to alliteration. Assonance is also often in said category, though is more akin to true-rhyme than alliteration. Alliteration may also include the use of different consonants with similar properties such as alliterating z with s, as does Tolkien in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, or as Anglo-Saxon poets would alliterate hard/fricative g with soft g; this is known as license. The concept is that the sounds are formed orally with exceptional similarity.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Alliteration

    al-lit-ėr-ā′shun, n. the recurrence of the same letter at the beginning of two or more words following close to each other, as in Churchill's 'apt alliteration's artful aid:' the recurrence of the same initial sound in the first accented syllables of words: initial rhyme—the characteristic structure of versification of Old English and Teutonic languages generally. Every alliterative couplet had two accented syllables, containing the same initial consonants, one in each of the two sections.—v.i. Allit′erate, to begin with the same letter: to constitute alliteration.—adj. Allit′erative. [Fr.—L. ad, to, and litera, a letter.]

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  1. Alex
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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of alliteration in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of alliteration in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of alliteration in a Sentence

  1. Kevin Demoff:

    SoFi Stadium Im a fan of alliteration, so I love it, that may be very 10th-grade English of me, but I think its a very natural-sounding name.

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