from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having a resemblance of articulate sounds.
  • In prosody, pertaining to or characterized by assonance.
  • noun A word resembling another in sound. Specifically In prosody, a word forming an assonance with another word. See assonance, 2.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having a resemblance of sounds.
  • adjective (Pros.) Pertaining to the peculiar species of rhyme called assonance; not consonant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Characterized by assonance; having successive similar vowel sounds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having the same sound (especially the same vowel sound) occurring in successive stressed syllables
  • adjective having the same vowel sound occurring with different consonants in successive words or stressed syllables


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  • The story gave newspapers the opportunity to use their two favourite words together, resulting in the gleefully assonant “Terror Blunder”.

    Terror Blunder joy

  • The straitjacket of meter and cadence of its composition drew out the worst and best of whomever had already tried their hand in battle with assonant rhymes.

    Yoani Sanchez: A Manual or a Sonnet?

  •             "What is the word for which you are seeking an assonant?"

    Hip-Hop Lit: New and Noteworthy

  • Respite comes, as one might expect with Dickens, in equally phonemic terms, floated upon (in that same paragraph) the sibilant, assonant, and iambic bonding of "inseparable and blessed" to describe the union of the title figure and Arthur Clennam, the man whose fetishistic vision of her impoverishment has seen her until now as a

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian

  • The assonant low short u vowel sound darkens the tone of this eerie image: smudged, thumbs, guns, fluttered.

    Katherine Parrish reads Lisa Foad

  • Alas, I do not have photographic evidence of the last artwork someone saddled this poor van with -- an assonant mural called "The Vein Train."

    January 5th, 2006

  • According to conventional wisdom, the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu was discovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, a dashing American explorer with a satisfyingly assonant name who later went on to be the Governor of Connecticut and a US Senator.

    Nunc Scio » Blog Archive » Who really discovered Machu Picchu?

  • Anyhoo, the sequence finds a new pattern in the regularity of two "couplets" of sonnets (1122), the opening sonnet marking the shift with assonant rhymes (I did reckon those rhymes gave a sense of instability and tension, pushing against the constraints, which ... fitted here; it kinda makes sense now why I felt that way).

    Still Lives

  • Brian: Those two sonnets I think of as still in the AABB scheme, just ... stretching it with the assonant rather than full rhymes (sorta "AaBb" rather than "abcd").

    Still Lives

  • The last three sonnets -- again with the assonant rhyme sonnet marking the transition -- do finally settle into an alternating rhyme scheme ... except that they form a triplet, so the asymmetry should balance the regularity.

    Still Lives


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