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Definition of the noun alliteration

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noun - plural: alliterations

  1. use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse

Alternative definition of the noun alliteration


  1. The repetition of consonants at the beginning of two or more words immediately succeeding each other, or at short intervals.
  2. The recurrence of the same letter in accented parts of words, as in Anglo-Saxon alliterative meter.

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Google previewThe Earliest English (2016)

An Introduction to Old English Language by Chris Mccully, Sharon Hilles

There are three key points to notice, though we'll have cause to modify these points, particularly the point about apparent vowel alliteration, as we proceed: • alliteration is a property of stressed syllables • where they occur ...

Google previewGone Fishing (2013)

by Tamera Will Wissinger

Alliteration is the repetition of the same vowel or consonant sound at the beginning ofwords. The first stanza of “Fisherman's...

Google previewHistorical Linguistics, 1997 (1998)

Selected Papers from the 13th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Düsseldorf, 10-17 August 1997 by Monika S. Schmid, Jennifer R. Austin, Dieter Stein

Alliteration is the most salient, the most stable, the most inviolable feature of OE verse. It is also...

Alliteration is a mirror image of a slant rhyme within the structure of the syllable: rhyme constitutes identity of the nucleus and the coda, as in fit:lit, ...

Google previewCountdown to Poetry Writing (2009)

Step by Step Approach to Writing Techniques for 7-12 Years by Steve Bowkett

Alliteration is a common linguistic/literary device that, along with assonance and onomatopoeia, composes the 'sonic...

Alliteration is the repetition of initial consonant sounds (brown bears bother badgers boisterously), while consonance is ...

Google previewThe North British Review (1857)

If rhyme, as we shall soon show, is the great means, in modern languages, of marking essential metrical pauses, alliteration is a very effective mode of conferring emphasis on the accent, which is the primary foundation of metre. Could any rule ...

Google previewTreasury of General Knowledge for School and Home (1882)

by Celia Doerner

Alliteration is the use of the same letter at the beginning of several words in close succession. Latin: ad, to; litera, letter. Example: Ask able advice and act accordingly. 27. Alliteration is frequently employed in poetry, and especially by the older ...

Google previewTreasury of General Knowledge (1910)

by Celia Doerner

Alliteration is the use of the same letter at the beginning of several words in close succession. Latin : ad, to; litera, letter. Example: Ask able advice and act accordingly. 27. Alliteration is frequently employed in poetry, and especially by the older ...

Google previewApplications of Evolutionary Computing (2007)

EvoWorkshops 2007:EvoCOMNET, EvoFIN, EvoIASP, EvoINTERACTION, EvoMUSART, EvoSTOC, and EvoTransLog, Valencia, Spain, April 11-13, 2007, Proceedings by Mario Giacobini

Introduction Alliteration is a literary figure difficult to explain in precise terms. For example, some human poets consider alliteration to be the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words; others consider it to be the repetition of ...

Google previewPrague Linguistic Circle Papers (1995)

Travaux du cercle linguistique de Prague nouvelle série by Eva Haji?ová, Miroslav ?ervenka, Old?ich Leška, Petr Sgall

Alliteration is a stylistic, prosodic device that has been used in English since the earliest times of its existence. It is a concord of initial consonants in words, and basically belongs to the sentence phonetics, see Tmka (1973). In Old English ...

Google previewBook of Rhymes (2009)

The Poetics of Hip Hop by Adam Bradley

Alliteration is the repetition of initial consonant sound. It is older even than rhyme itself. In the following lines from Piers Plowman, written in the fourteenth century, alliteration works to underscore the music of language itself: A feir feld ful of folk ...

Google previewPreaching That Connects (2009)

Using Techniques of Journalists to Add Impact by Mark Galli

Alliteration is the easiest rhetorical rope to cast over the sermon, ...

Google previewBeliever's Bible Commentary (1989)

by William MacDonald, Arthur L. Farstad

5Preachers are especially fond of this device for sermon outlines, and when not forced, fanciful, or overdone, alliteration is a real help to the memory. 6In the NT the book of Hebrews opens with a cluster of words beginning with the "p” sound ...

Google previewA History of Free Verse (2001)

by Chris Beyers

Alliteration is the main structural feature of Old English poetry and poems in the Alliterative revival — a device of expectation instead of surprise, because a competent Anglo-Saxon or medieval reader expects alliteration in certain places in the ...

Google previewShakespeare and the Versification of English Drama, 1561-1642 (2014)

by Professor Marina Tarlinskaja

ALLITERATION is a stylistic device that ...

Google previewThe booke of gostlye grace of Mechtild of Hackeborn (1979)

by Mechthild, Theresa A. Halligan

Alliteration is a favorite but not an overly conspicuous device, sometimes suggested by the Latin: Hec est speciosior sole et sideribus sublimior. t>is sawle es more speciouse pan the sunne ande hyere ban pe sternes (232/19- ...

Google previewPoetry Dictionary (2006)

by John Drury

Alliteration The repetition of a whole syllable in nearby words is called polyp- toton ("The man manages manuscripts"). The repetition of suffixes is called homoeoteleuton (Greek for "similar endings"), as in "The valley is lovely." Alliteration ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Literary Devices (1991)

Gradus, A-Z by Bernard Marie Dupriez

Alliteration Travels; C. Orwell, Animal Farm; R. de Obaldia, Le Tamerlan des coeurs; H. Aquin, Prochain Episode. R6: For the differences between allegory and apologue*, see the latter, R1; see also diatyposis*, R1, and riddle*. Allegory is a ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (2008)

by Chris Baldick

alliteration thinking permeated the Christian literature of the Middle Ages, flourishing in the *morality plays and in the *dream visions of Dante and Langland. Some later allegorists like Dryden and Orwell used allegory as a method of *satire; ...

Google previewChambers School Dictionary

Alliteration is when words within the same expression, phrase or clause start with the same sound, for example: Puffs, powders, patches- Bibles, billetdoux in Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock, where the first three words and the last two ...

Google previewThe Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Anglo-Saxon England (2013)

by Michael Lapidge, John Blair, Simon Keynes, Donald Scragg

NICOLE GUENTHER DISCENZA ALLITERATION, the echoing of the initial sounds of words, is perhaps the most distinctive stylistic feature of AngloSaxon literature, and is found widely in both Latin and Old English, in prose and especially in ...

Google previewThe popular encyclopedia; or, 'Conversations Lexicon': [ed. by A. Whitelaw from the Encyclopedia Americana]. (1883)

by Popular encyclopedia

ALLITERATION, the repetition of the same initial letter in several words, or strongly accented •yllable*, occurring in close succession; as, 'Many men, rainy minds,' ' ITeave the irarp and weave the tcoof.' Alliteration is frequently used in popular ...

Google previewEncyclopedic Dictionary of Semiotics, Media, and Communications (2000)

by Marcel Danesi

alliteration. [< Latin AD 'to' + LITTERA 'letter'] Repetition of the initial sound ( usually a consonant or consonant cluster) in two or more words of a phrase, expression, line of poetry, etc. Illustrations: 1. scrolls of silver snoivy sentences ( Hart ...

Google previewThe Anthem Dictionary of Literary Terms and Theory (2010)

by Peter Auger

alliteration A EIOURE involving the REPETITION of the same letter(s) at the ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature (1995)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

alliteration The Campion series began with several ingenious, popular thrillers. A series of more tightly constructed intellectual problem stories, beginning with Death of a Ghost (1934) and including Flowers for the Judge (1936), The Fashion ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style (2000)

by Bryan A. Garner

Alliteration. A. Purposeful Examples. How language affects the ear should be a critical concern of every writer. Writers frequently harness sounds for any of several effects. When they repeat sounds in nearby words, the result is called ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (2001)

by Bryan A. Garner

ALliTeraTIon. A. Rhetorically Effective Examples. "The primary appeal of the language," wrote Jerome Frank, "is to the ear." The SOUND OF PROSE is therefore a critical concern. And writers frequently harness sounds for any of several effects.

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The value of this 12-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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