Consonant



[kon-suh-nuh nt] /ˈkɒn sə nənt/

noun
1.
Phonetics.

2.
a letter that usually represents a consonant sound.
adjective
3.
in agreement; agreeable; in accord; consistent (usually followed by to or with):
behavior consonant with his character.
4.
corresponding in sound, as words.
5.
harmonious, as sounds.
6.
Music. constituting a .
7.
Physics. noting or pertaining to sounds exhibiting .
8.
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/ˈkɒnsənənt/
noun
1.
a speech sound or letter of the alphabet other than a vowel; a stop, fricative, or continuant
adjective
2.
(postpositive; foll by with or to) consistent; in agreement
3.
harmonious in tone or sound
4.
(music) characterized by the presence of a consonance
5.
being or relating to a consonant
n.

early 14c., “sound other than a vowel,” from Latin consonantem (nominative consonans), present participle of consonare “to sound together, sound aloud,” from com- “with” (see com-) + sonare “to sound” (see sonata). Consonants were thought of as sounds that are only produced together with vowels.
adj.

early 15c., from Old French consonant (13c.), from Latin consonantem (nominative consonans), present participle of consonare (see consonant (n.)).

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