- 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 of assonanceFrench from Classical Latin assonans, present participle of assonare, to sound in answer from ad-, to + sonare, sound, verb
- 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 of assonanceFrench from Latin assonāre to respond to ad- ad- sonāre to sound ; see swen- in Indo-European roots.