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



BrE BrE//ˈæsənəns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæsənəns//
[uncountable] (specialist) Linguistic devices
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the effect created when two syllables in words that are close together have the same vowel sound, but different consonants, or the same consonants but different vowels, for example, sonnet and porridge or cold and killed see also alliteration See related entries: Linguistic devices Word Originearly 18th cent.: from French, from Latin assonare ‘respond to’, from ad- ‘to’ + sonare (from sonus ‘sound’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: assonance