I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin consonant-, consonans, present participle of consonare to sound together, agree, from com- + sonare to sound — more at sound Date: 15th century 1. being in agreement or harmony ; free from elements making for discord 2. marked by musical consonances 3. having similar sounds <
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4. relating to or exhibiting consonance ; resonantconsonantly adverb II. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin consonant-, consonans, from present participle of consonare Date: 14th century one of a class of speech sounds (as \p\, \g\, \n\, \l\, \s\, \r\) characterized by constriction or closure at one or more points in the breath channel; also a letter representing a consonant — usually used in English of any letter except a, e, i, o, and u

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