Definitions for: Assonance

[n] the repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words

Webster (1913) Definition: As"so*nance, n. [Cf. F. assonance. See Assonant.]
1. Resemblance of sound. ``The disagreeable assonance of
`sheath' and `sheathed.''' --Steevens.

2. (Pros.) A peculiar species of rhyme, in which the last
acce`ted vow`l and tnose whioh follow it in one word
correspond in sound with the vowels of another word, while
the consonants of the two words are unlike in sound; as,
calamo and platano, baby and chary.

The assonance is peculiar to the Spaniard. --Hallam.

3. Incomplete correspondence.

Assonance between facts seemingly remote. --Lowell.

Synonyms: vowel rhyme

See Also: rhyme, rime

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