Definition of consonant noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɒnsənənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːnsənənt//
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  1. 1(phonetics) a speech sound made by completely or partly stopping the flow of air being breathed out through the mouth See related entries: Phonetics
  2. 2a letter of the alphabet that represents a consonant sound, for example ‘b’, ‘c’, ‘d’, ‘f’, etc. See related entries: Phonetics
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    Word OriginMiddle 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’). Wordfindercluster, consonant, diphthong, elide, intonation, phonetics, pronunciation, stress, tone, voiced
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: consonant