Definition of Assonance

1. Noun. The repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words.

Exact synonyms: Vowel Rhyme
Generic synonyms: Rhyme, Rime
Derivative terms: Assonant, Assonant, Assonate

Definition of Assonance

1. n. Resemblance of sound.

Definition of Assonance

1. Noun. (prosody) The repetition of similar or identical vowel sounds (though with different consonants), usually in literature or poetry. ¹

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Definition of Assonance

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Literary usage of Assonance

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1. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1863)
"ALLITERATION AND assonance. - To trace the history of alliteration and assonance would here be out of place. It will be enough to remark that both have been ..."

2. Rhythm and Harmony in Poetry and Music: Together with Music as a by George Lansing Raymond (1894)
"The first of these ways, and as formerly used in Anglo-Saxon poetry, the last of them also, gives rise to alliteration, the second to assonance, ..."

3. The Art of Versification by Joseph Berg Esenwein, Mary Eleanor Roberts Roberts (1920)
"CHAPTER VHI assonance AND ALLITERATION All alliteration for the sake of alliteration is ... assonance^ The literal meaning of the word assonance conveys a ..."

4. English Writers: An Attempt Towards a History of English Literature by Henry Morley, William Hall Griffin (1888)
"They are Alliteration, assonance, and the Full Rhyme to which alone the name ... assonance is by the use of identical vowel sounds placed neither first nor ..."

5. On Early English Pronunciation, with Especial Reference to Shakspere and by Alexander John Ellis (1871)
"[not only are the consonants 85 [part assonance, part consonantal most ghost ... combed portend 5, 7, 4, [assonance, vowel is probably short and not long ..."

6. The Messages of the Poets: The Books of Job and Canticles and Some Minor by Nathaniel Schmidt (1911)
"assonance, Alliteration, and Rhyme In reading some of the poems, ... It is an assonance adopted for effect, and often more pleasing and less artificial than ..."

7. The Elements of English Versification by James Wilson Bright, Raymond Durbin Miller (1910)
"assonance. assonance (or medial rime) is the agreement in the vowel sounds of two or more words, when the consonant sounds preceding and following these ..."

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