- Assonance is defined as the act of repeating a vowel sound in a phrase or sentence, often in poetry.
An example of assonance in a sentence would be the repeated use of the /oo/ sound in the sentence, “True, I do like Sue.”
- The definition of assonance is something that is similar, particularly in reference to sound.
An example of assonance would be the similarity between the short e sound and the schwa sound.
- likeness of sound, as in a series of words or syllables
- Prosody repetition of a vowel sound in stressed syllables in which the consonant sounds are unlike (Ex.: late, make)
Origin: French ; from Classical Latin assonans, present participle of assonare, to sound inch(es) answer ; from ad-, to plush sonare, sound, verb
- assonant adjective, noun
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- Resemblance of sound, especially of the vowel sounds in words, as in: “that dolphin-torn, that gong-tormented sea” (William Butler Yeats).
- The repetition of identical or similar vowel sounds, especially in stressed syllables, with changes in the intervening consonants, as in the phrase tilting at windmills.
- Rough similarity; approximate agreement.
Origin: French, from Latin assonāre, to respond to : ad-, ad- + sonāre, to sound; see swen- in Indo-European roots.
- asˈso·nant adjective & n.
- asˌso·nanˈtal adjective