Definition of alliterate in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈlidəˌrāt/


[no object]
1(Of a phrase or line of verse) contain words that begin with the same sound or letter: his first and last names alliterated
More example sentences
  • You'll hear how the stanza rounds off the sequence of long, unrhymed lines with a bob-and-wheel, a series of shorter, rhyming lines that also alliterate.
  • I think I might email the programme and ask them to choose something that alliterates otherwise that's going to irritate me for goodness knows how many years.
  • The title should change every time a new poet is appointed and should alliterate or rhyme with the name of the new holder of the title.
1.1Use words that begin with the same sound or letter.
Example sentences
  • They also - and this is when you know a cricket-writer is really moved - began to alliterate, so Jayasuriya rapidly became the Marauder of Matara.
  • The Anglo-Saxon tradition of alliterating half lines in verse might be argued an equal influence.
  • Make it catchy of course, but rhyme, pun, and alliterate at your own risk.


Late 18th century: back-formation from alliteration.

Words that rhyme with alliterate

iterate, obliterate, transliterate

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Syllabification: al·lit·er·ate

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