Definition of alliteration in English:


Syllabification: al·lit·er·a·tion
Pronunciation: /əˌlitəˈrāSHən


The occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
More example sentences
  • With a traditional ballad you may notice the rhyme scheme or alliteration.
  • What he admired in these poets was their inventive use of word and sound in every device of onomatopoeia, alliteration, pun and palindrome.
  • The section on markers discusses rhyme and alliteration, oppositions, word repetition, paradox, metaphor, pithiness and aspects of the syntax of proverbs.


early 17th century: from medieval Latin alliteratio(n-), from Latin ad- (expressing addition) + littera 'letter'.

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