- a basic speech sound in which the breath is at least partly obstructed and which can be combined with a vowel to form a syllable: Contrasted with vowel.fricatives are by far the largest group of English consonants
Middle English (in the sense 'letter representing a consonant'): via Old French from Latin consonare 'sound together', from con- 'with' + sonare 'to sound' (from sonus 'sound')
WritingThere are 21 consonant letters:b c d f g h j k l m n p q r s t v w x y z SpeechIn speech a consonant is a sound that is made by blocking the flow of air while speaking. For example, the first sound in the word mark is made by closing the lips briefly, while the last sound is made by pressing the blade of the tongue up against the hard palate. There are 22 consonants in spoken English. They are the first sounds in each of the following words:
The ending of consonant is spelled -ant.