Meaning of alliteration in English:


Pronunciation /əlɪtəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/

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mass noun
  • The occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.

    ‘the alliteration of ‘sweet birds sang’’
    • ‘alliterations are clustered in the last few lines’
    • ‘With a traditional ballad you may notice the rhyme scheme or alliteration.’
    • ‘What he admired in these poets was their inventive use of word and sound in every device of onomatopoeia, alliteration, pun and palindrome.’
    • ‘The section on markers discusses rhyme and alliteration, oppositions, word repetition, paradox, metaphor, pithiness and aspects of the syntax of proverbs.’
    • ‘The 1959 set also had Keystone Combo, which is an even higher form of alliteration where the two words sound alike but begin with different letters.’
    • ‘All that assonance and alliteration, though not perfectly obvious, come to hand fairly readily.’
    • ‘So, too, do children love the rhyming, chanting, and alliteration of nursery rhymes.’
    • ‘Lincoln fell in love with metaphors and cadences, assonance and alliteration.’
    • ‘Indeed, the use of alliteration in Old English poetry and in Piers Ploughman might also have influenced his poetic style.’
    • ‘They could add descriptive words, phrases or sentences, or they could write a poem, haiku, alliteration, metaphor, or perhaps words from a song.’
    • ‘I've decided on a name that has a radical feel and contains alliteration.’
    • ‘One might pick a different word for rhythm or alliteration.’
    • ‘Traditional poetry, with its innate rhythm and alliteration, as well as free verse focusing on social issues, flowed from her pen.’
    • ‘In the poet's medieval French, the verse displays intricate internal rhymes and numerous alliterations.’
    • ‘It is all too easy to enforce that students give speeches that have attention getters, transitions, and summaries and that make occasional use of metaphor or alliteration.’
    • ‘In the first pair of lines, Wagner uses alliteration so deftly that the reader can notice and appreciate it without flinching from a barrage of like sounds.’
    • ‘Strange is masterful in her ability to capture and juxtapose the audible qualities of language alongside the literary tools of assonance and alliteration.’
    • ‘Storybooks containing alliteration provide opportunities for children to hear words that have the same beginning sounds.’
    • ‘‘It sounds a lot more like an exercise in alliteration than some stunning personal insult,’ he said.’
    • ‘Fourthly, there is a subtle, but powerful alliteration in the fourth line of the second strophe, ‘Amidst an ocean full of flying fishes’.’
    • ‘Her agile command of rhyme, meter, repetition, and alliteration on ‘Rowing Song’ rivals traditional folk classics.’


Early 17th century from medieval Latin alliteratio(n-), from Latin ad- (expressing addition) + littera ‘letter’.