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Princeton's WordNet

  1. assonantadjective

    having the same sound (especially the same vowel sound) occurring in successive stressed syllables

    "note the assonant words and syllables in `tilting at windmills'"

  2. assonantadjective

    having the same vowel sound occurring with different consonants in successive words or stressed syllables


  1. assonantadjective

    Characterized by assonance; having successive similar vowel sounds.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Assonantadjective

    Sounding in a manner resembling another sound. Dict.

    Etymology: assonant, French.


  1. assonant

    Assonance is a resemblance in the sounds of words/syllables either between their vowels (e.g., meat, bean) or between their consonants (e.g., keep, cape). However, assonance between consonants is generally called consonance in American usage. The two types are often combined, as between the words six and switch, in which the vowels are identical, and the consonants are similar but not completely identical. If there is repetition of the same vowel or some similar vowels in literary work, especially in stressed syllables, this may be termed "vowel harmony" in poetry (though linguists have a different definition of "vowel harmony"). A special case of assonance is rhyme, in which the endings of words (generally beginning with the vowel sound of the last stressed syllable) are identical—as in fog and log or history and mystery. Vocalic assonance is an important element in verse. Assonance occurs more often in verse than in prose; it is used in English-language poetry and is particularly important in Old French, Spanish, and the Celtic languages.


  1. assonant

    Assonant refers to the repetition of similar or identical vowel sounds in words or phrases that are close together, especially in poetry or literature. The repetition often involves words that have different consonant sounds. This literary device is used to create rhythm, mood, or emphasis in a piece of writing or speech.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Assonantadjective

    having a resemblance of sounds

  2. Assonantadjective

    pertaining to the peculiar species of rhyme called assonance; not consonant

  3. Etymology: [L. assonans, p. pr. of assonare to sound to, to correspond to in sound; ad + sonare to sound, sonus sound: cf. F. assonant. See Sound.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of assonant in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of assonant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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