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Consonant

English

Etymology

From Middle English consonant or consonaunt, from Old French consonant, from Latin c?nson?ns ("sounding with"), from the prefix con- ("with") + the present participle son?ns ("sounding"), from son?re ("to sound"). The Latin is a calque of Ancient Greek (súmph?non).

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Noun

consonant (plural consonants)

  1. (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.
  2. A letter representing the sound of a consonant.
    The 19 unquestionable consonants in the English alphabet are B, C, D, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, T, V, X, Z.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, "Prologue: Who is Edmund Gray?", in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, [...], OCLC 16832619:
      Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language, he expressed the important words by an initial, a medial, or a final consonant, and made scratches for all the words between; his clerks, however, understood him very well.

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Adjective

consonant (comparative more consonant, superlative most consonant)

  1. Characterized by harmony or agreement.
    • (Can we date this quote by Bishop Beveridge and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Each one pretends that his opinion [...] is consonant to the words there used.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dr. H. More and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      That where much is given shall be much required is a thing consonant with natural equity.
    • 1946, United States Supreme Court, Pennekamp v. Florida 328 U.S. 331,334
      This essential right of the courts to be free of intimidation and coercion was held to be consonant with a recognition that freedom of the press must be allowed in the broadest scope compatible with the supremacy of order.
  2. Having the same sound.
    • (Can we date this quote by Howell and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      consonant words and syllables
  3. (music) Harmonizing together; accordant.
    consonant tones; consonant chords
  4. Of or relating to consonants; made up of, or containing many, consonants.
    • (Can we date this quote by T. Moore and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      No Russian whose dissonant consonant name / Almost shatters to fragments the trumpet of fame.

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Etymology

From Latin consonans.

Pronunciation

Adjective

consonant (masculine and feminine plural consonants)

  1. consonant

Noun

consonant f (plural consonants)

  1. consonant

Latin

Verb

c?nsonant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of c?nson?

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