Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Being in agreement or accord.
  • adjective Corresponding or alike in sound, as words or syllables.
  • adjective Harmonious in sound or tone.
  • noun A speech sound produced by a partial or complete obstruction of the air stream by any of various constrictions of the speech organs, such as (p), (f), (r), (w), and (h).
  • noun A letter or character representing such a speech sound.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Sounding together; agreeing in sound; specifically, in music, having an agreeable and complete or final effect: said of a combination of sounds.
  • Having or emitting like sounds.
  • Harmonious; agreeing; congruous; consistent: followed generally by to, sometimes by with: as, this rule is consonant to Scripture and reason.
  • [Attrib. use of noun.] Consisting of or relating to consonants; consonantal.
  • noun An alphabetic element other than a vowel; one of the closer, less resonant and continuable, of the sounds making up a spoken alphabet; an articulate utterance which is combined, to form a syllable, with another opener utterance called a vowel.

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

  • noun An articulate sound which in utterance is usually combined and sounded with an open sound called a vowel; a member of the spoken alphabet other than a vowel; also, a letter or character representing such a sound.
  • adjective Having agreement; congruous; consistent; according; -- usually followed by with or to.
  • adjective Having like sounds.
  • adjective (Mus.) harmonizing together; accordant.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to consonants; made up of, or containing many, consonants.

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

  • noun phonetics A sound that results from the passage of air through restrictions of the oral cavity; any sound that is not the dominant sound of a syllable, the dominant sound generally being a vowel.
  • noun A letter representing the sound of a consonant.
  • adjective Characterized by harmony or agreement.

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

  • noun a speech sound that is not a vowel
  • adjective involving or characterized by harmony
  • noun a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken consonant
  • adjective in keeping

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cōnsonāns, cōnsonant-, present participle of cōnsonāre, to agree : com-, com- + sonāre, to sound; see swen- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin consonans, sounding with, from prefix con-, with, + present participle sonans, sounding, from sonare, to sound

Examples

  • If the last letter of the stem is a consonant, the word is said to have a _consonant stem_; if the stem ends in «-i-», the word is said to have an «i-»_stem_.

    Latin for Beginners

  • Before a vowel in the same syllable it has the value of a consonant and is called _I consonant_.

    Latin for Beginners

  • The Spanish tendency to add an intrusive e to English words that begin with s [consonant] is well known, as is its consequential effect on the article which leads to people saying an estation, an estatistic etc.

    12 posts from February 2010

  • The Spanish tendency to add an intrusive e to English words that begin with s [consonant] is well known, as is its consequential effect on the article which leads to people saying an estation, an estatistic etc.

    Spanish hypercorrection of a loanword

  • The Spanish tendency to add an intrusive e to English words that begin with s [consonant] is well known, as is its consequential effect on the article which leads to people saying an estation, an estatistic etc.

    Spanish hypercorrection of a loanword

  • That's because English favors closed syllables (ending in consonant) while French prefers open syllables (ending in a vowel).

    l'accent tonique - French Word-A-Day

  • Thus, a syllable containing a short vowel followed by two consonants, as ng, is long, because such a syllable requires _more time_ for its pronunciation; while a syllable containing a short vowel followed by one consonant is short, because it takes _less time_ to pronounce it.

    New Latin Grammar

  • In monosyllables a single vowel before a single consonant is short; as stag, frog.

    A Grammar of the English Tongue

  • The English norm was to simplify to a single consonant, which is what we find with commissionaire and concessionaire, presumably following the pattern of the much earlier borrowing debonair, and also doctrinaire, which are recorded for the most part with a single n.

    On one n or two

  • The English norm was to simplify to a single consonant, which is what we find with commissionaire and concessionaire, presumably following the pattern of the much earlier borrowing debonair, and also doctrinaire, which are recorded for the most part with a single n.

    Archive 2008-02-01

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • That dirty little bug would swindle his own child.

    December 25, 2009

  • Rapid removal of acetylcholine from the circulation would inactivate parasympathetic stimulation of digestive secretion consonant with rapid arousal of the animal in an emergency

    September 2, 2010

  • –adjective

    # Being in agreement or accord: remarks consonant with our own beliefs.

    (as well as not vowel)

    March 7, 2011

  • Bng n grmnt r ccrd: rmrks cnsnnt wth r wn blfs. (s wll s nt vwl)

    ei i aeee o ao: ea ooa i ou o eie. (a e a o oe).

    March 7, 2011