the commencement of two or more stressed syllables of a word group either with the same consonant sound or sound group (consonantal alliteration) as in from stem to stern, or with a vowel sound that may differ from syllable to syllable (vocalic alliteration) as in each to all.
Compare (def 4a).
the commencement of two or more words of a word group with the same letter, as in apt alliteration’s artful aid.
But if you can get past the predilection for alliteration and the teehee!
Why We Worship Derek Jeter (Even If He Kinda Sucks at Shortstop) Robert Silverman February 12, 2014
I congratulated him on a “well-deserved win” and he commended me my alliteration, smiling profusely all the while.
Booker Goes Bookish Lucy Scholes October 18, 2011
The reader will note the alliteration of the l’s in the third and fourth lines, and the h’s in the next two.
Richard Wagner His Life and His Dramas W. J. Henderson
Nikita, surnamed Necator, with a sinister aptness of alliteration!
Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
The alliteration is without complexity,–a dreary procession of sibilants.
Milton Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
The “Cape to Cairo” railroad is another case of alliteration.
Folkways William Graham Sumner
The origins of alliteration in Germanic verse are lost in the general mass of Germanic origins.
English Verse Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
alliteration is nearly the only effect of that kind which the ancients had in common with us.
The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe
I did so purely for the sake of alliteration, Ana; and I shall make no further allusion to them.
Man And Superman George Bernard Shaw
English poetry has used chiefly rhyme, stress, and alliteration.
A Hundred and Seventy Chinese Poems Various
the use of the same consonant (consonantal alliteration) or of a vowel, not necessarily the same vowel (vocalic alliteration), at the beginning of each word or each stressed syllable in a line of verse, as in around the rock the ragged rascal ran
1650s, “a begining with the same letter,” from Modern Latin alliterationem (nominative alliteratio), noun of action from past participle stem of alliterare “to begin with the same letter,” from Latin ad- “to” (see ad-) + littera (also litera) “letter, script” (see letter). Formed on model of obliteration, etc. Related: Alliterational.
The repetition of the beginning sounds of words, as in “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,” “long-lived,” “short shrift,” and “the fickle finger of fate.”
pertaining to or characterized by : alliterative verse. Contemporary Examples “More Mitt,” as Politico reported at least has the virtue of alliterative succinctness. How Mitt Romney Can Win the First Debate With Obama Robert Shrum September 24, 2012 Like Sigurd and Gudrún, The Fall of Arthur is in alliterative verse, a mode last fashionable in […]
- All joking aside
Also, all kidding aside. Seriously, as in I know I said I’d quit, but all joking aside this job is too much for one person, or All kidding aside, I hate to lose at croquet. This phrase often accompanies a joking statement.
- All kinds of
Also, all manner or sorts of. All or many varieties of something, as in Before the banquet, they served all kinds of drinks, or He sold exotic fruit of all sorts, or The museum featured all manner of artifacts. [ Early 1300s ] A large amount of something, as in She has all kinds of […]
- All the king’s men
a novel (1946) by Robert Penn Warren.