Definition of alliterate in English:


Syllabification: al·lit·er·ate
Pronunciation: /əˈlitəˌrāt


[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
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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