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[kon-suh-nuh ns] /ˈkɒn sə nəns/

accord or agreement.
correspondence of sounds; harmony of sounds.
Music. a simultaneous combination of tones conventionally accepted as being in a state of repose.
Compare (def 2).

Physics. the property of two sounds the frequencies of which have a ratio equal to a small whole number.
noun (pl) -nances, -nancies
agreement, harmony, or accord
(prosody) similarity between consonants, but not between vowels, as between the s and t sounds in sweet silent thought Compare assonance (sense 1)


early 15c., “agreement among persons,” from Old French consonance (12c.) “consonance, rhyme,” from Latin consonantia “harmony, agreement,” from consonantem (nominative consonans) (see consonant). Meaning “correspondence of sounds” is from 1580s.


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