Definition of assonance in English:

assonance

Syllabification: as·so·nance
Pronunciation: /ˈasənəns
 
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noun

In poetry, the repetition of the sound of a vowel or diphthong in nonrhyming stressed syllables near enough to each other for the echo to be discernible (e.g., penitence, reticence). Compare with alliteration.
More example sentences
  • Just look at (and, preferably, listen to) his use of assonance - repeated vowel sounds throughout a section.
  • First, it has the qualities of rhythm, alliteration, and assonance verging on rhyme that we might expect of a memorable turn of phrase.
  • In all of these cases, the deft repetitions and modulations of consonants and vowels with their subtle assonance and consonance compete for attention with the lines' actual content.

Origin

early 18th century: from French, from Latin assonare 'respond to', from ad- 'to' + sonare (from sonus 'sound').

Derivatives

assonant

adjective
More example sentences
  • By definition, it is a poem with an unlimited number of octosyllabic verses and assonant rhyme in even-numbered verses.
  • The beauty of this one is that it’s a little rhyming verse – or at least nicely assonant.

assonate

verb
More example sentences
  • ‘What I expected’ is an adroit compromise between the impulses to form and to freedom: ‘twist’ fails to rhyme convincingly with ‘pass,’ but in that failure assonates and alliterates with ‘questions.’
  • The amhrán or song metres have a richly assonated stanzaic form, and are also accentual.

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