What does consonant mean?

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ˈkɒn sə nəntcon·so·nant

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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"


  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

  6. Origin: [L. consonans, -antis; p. pr. of consonare to sound at the same time, agree; con- + sonare to sound: cf. F. consonnant. See Sound to make a noise.]


  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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Consonant

    kon′son-ant, adj. consistent: suitable: harmonious.—n. an articulation which can be sounded only with a vowel: a letter of the alphabet other than a vowel.—ns. Con′sonance, a state of agreement: agreement or unison of sounds: (mus.) a combination of notes which can sound together without the harshness produced by beats: concord; Con′sonancy, harmony.—adj. Consonant′al.—adv. Con′sonantly.—adj. Con′sonous, harmonious. [L. consonans, -antis, pr.p. of consonāre, to harmonise—con, with, and sonāre, to sound.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of consonant in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of consonant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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