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14th century F. consonance (now consonnance), ad. L. conson{a}ntia harmony, agreement, f. conson{a}nt-em pr. pple.: see CONSONANT and -ANCE.]


  • 1. Correspondence of sounds in words or syllables; recurrence of the same or like sounds, e.g. in a verse; = Assonance1.
  • 2. Agreement of sounds; pleasing combination of sounds.
  • 3. Music. The sounding together of two notes in harmony; the quality or fact of being Consonant or concordant. (Opposed to Dissonance.)
b. A consonant ‘interval’ or combination of two notes, a concord.
  • 4. Acoustics. The sounding of a body, e.g. a tuning-fork, in sympathy with the vibration of another body of the same pitch sounded near it.
  • 5. Agreement, harmony, concord. (The earliest sense in Eng.)
b. Phrase - in consonance with.