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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
al•lit•er•a•tion /əˌlɪtəˈreɪʃən/USA pronunciation
n. [uncountable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
al•lit•er•a•tive /əˈlɪtəˌreɪtɪv, -ərətɪv/USA pronunciation adj. See -lit-.
- Poetryrepetition of the same initial sound or sounds of two or more word groups, as in from stem to stern.
(ə lit′ə rā′shən),USA pronunciation n.
- Poetrythe 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. Cf. consonance (def. 4a).
- Poetrythe commencement of two or more words of a word group with the same letter, as in apt alliteration's artful aid.
- Medieval Latin alliterātiōn-, stem of alliterātiō, equivalent. to al- al- + literātiō, modeled after obliterātiō obliteration but intended to convey a derivative of littera letter
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
alliteration /əˌlɪtəˈreɪʃən/ n
Etymology: 17th Century: from Medieval Latin alliterātiō (from Latin al- (see ad-) + litera letter), on the model of obliterātiō obliterationalˈliterative adj
- 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
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