assonance definition

  • noun:
    • Resemblance of noise, specially of the vowel sounds in terms, as with: "that dolphin-torn, that gong-tormented sea” ( William Butler Yeats).
    • The repetition of identical or similar vowel noises, especially in anxious syllables, with alterations in the intervening consonants, as in the phrase tilting at windmills.
    • harsh similarity; estimated agreement.
    • The repetition of comparable or identical vowel noises (though with different consonants), often in literary works or poetry.
    • Resemblance of noise, specifically associated with vowel sounds in words, as in: "that dolphin-torn, that gong-tormented sea” ( William Butler Yeats).
    • The repetition of identical or similar vowel noises, especially in anxious syllables, with changes in the intervening consonants, as with the term tilting at windmills.
    • harsh similarity; approximate arrangement.
    • Resemblance of sound.
    • The repetition of comparable or identical vowel sounds (though with different consonants), typically in literature or poetry.
    • A peculiar types of rhyme, when the last accented vowel and those which follow it within one word correspond in sound with the vowels of another word, whilst consonants for the two terms are unlike in noise.
    • Resemblance of noise.
    • Incomplete communication.
    • A peculiar types of rhyme, where last accented vowel and the ones which abide by it within one word match in noise using vowels of some other term, while the consonants associated with two words tend to be unlike in sound.
    • similarity of noises.
    • Incomplete communication.
    • especially In prosody, a species of imperfect rime, or in other words a substitute for rime, specifically common in Spanish poetry, consisting in making use of exactly the same vowel-sound with various consonants, and needing the usage of the same vowels in assonant words from final accented vowel to the end regarding the term: hence, guy and hat, penitent and reticence, are types of assonance in English.
    • Resemblance of noises.
    • arrangement or harmony of things.
    • particularly In prosody, a species of imperfect rime, or in other words a substitute for rime, especially common in Spanish poetry, consisting in using the exact same vowel-sound with different consonants, and calling for the employment of equivalent vowels within the assonant words through the final accented vowel toward end of this term: therefore, man and hat, penitent and reticence, are examples of assonance in English.
    • Synonyms Paronomasia, etc. See pun.
    • contract or equilibrium of things.
    • the repetition of comparable vowels into the stressed syllables of consecutive terms
    • Synonyms Paronomasia, etc. See pun.
    • the repetition of similar vowels in anxious syllables of consecutive words

Related Sources

  • Sentence for "assonance"
    • When the initial letters are vowels,…
    • View More
  • Cross Reference for "assonance"
  • Same Context for "assonance"
  • Urban Dictionary for "assonance"
    • virtually means "Ass sounds" or appears…
    • View More
305 votes

How would you define assonance?

All the definitions on AZdictionary were written by people just like you. Now's your chance to add your own!