- The definition of consonant is in agreement.
An example of consonant used as an adjective is the phrase "consonant points of view" which means points of view that work well together.
- A consonant is defined as a letter in speech where the sound is formed by an interruption of the breath by some part of the mouth.
Examples of a consonant are the letters B, P and L.
- in harmony or agreement; in accord
- harmonious in tone
- Prosody having consonance
Origin of consonantOld French from Classical Latin consonans: see consonance
- any speech sound in the production of which the speaker completely stops and then releases the air stream, as in (p, t, k, b, d, g), stops it at one point while it escapes at another, as in (m, n, ?, l, r), forces it through a loosely closed or very narrow passage, as in (f, v, s, z, ?, ?, ?, ?, H, ?, h, w, y), or uses a combination of these means, as in (?, j)
- a letter or symbol representing such a sound
- Linguis. any phoneme, esp. one produced as described above, that does not form the peak of a syllable
- Being in agreement or accord: remarks consonant with our own beliefs.
- Corresponding or alike in sound, as words or syllables.
- Harmonious in sound or tone.
- A speech sound produced by a partial or complete obstruction of the air stream by any of various constrictions of the speech organs, such as (p), (f), (r), (w), and (h).
- A letter or character representing such a speech sound.
Origin of consonantMiddle English from Old French from Latin cōnsonāns cōnsonant- present participle of cōnsonāre to agree com- com- sonāre to sound ; see swen- in Indo-European roots.
- (phonetics) 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.
- A letter representing the sound of a consonant.
- The 19 unquestionable consonants in the English alphabet are B, C, D, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, T, V, X, Z.
(comparative more consonant, superlative most consonant)
From Old French, from Latin cōnsonāns (“sounding with”), from prefix con- (“with”), + present participle sonāns (“sounding”), from sonāre (“to sound”)