• Consonant


    • RP enPR: kŏn'sÉ™nÉ™nt, IPA: /ˈkÉ’n.sÉ™n.É™nt/
    • US


    From Old French, from Latin cōnsonāns ("sounding with"), from prefix con- ("with"), + present participle sonāns ("sounding"), from sonāre ("to sound")

    Full definition of consonant



    (plural consonants)
    1. (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.
    2. 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.
      • 1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate Chapter Prologue, Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language, he expressed the important words by an initial, a medial, or a final consonant, and made scratches for all the words between; his clerks, however, understood him very well.



    1. Characterized by harmony or agreement.
      • Bishop BeveridgeEach one pretends that his opinion ... is consonant to the words there used.
      • Dr. H. MoreThat where much is given shall be much required is a thing consonant with natural equity.
    2. Having the same sound.
      • Howellconsonant words and syllables
    3. (music) Harmonizing together; accordant.consonant tones; consonant chords
    4. Of or relating to consonants; made up of, or containing many, consonants.
      • T. MooreNo Russian whose dissonant consonant name
        Almost shatters to fragments the trumpet of fame.

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