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



BrE BrE//əˌlɪtəˈreɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//əˌlɪtəˈreɪʃn//
[uncountable] (specialist) Linguistic devices
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the use of the same letter or sound at the beginning of words that are close together, as in sing a song of sixpence see also assonance Wordfinderalliteration, euphemism, figure of speech, hyperbole, image, litotes, metaphor, metonymy, onomatopoeia, paradox See related entries: Linguistic devices Word Originearly 17th cent.: from medieval Latin alliteratio(n-), from Latin ad- (expressing addition) + littera ‘letter’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: alliteration