consonant

A consonant is a speech sound that is not a vowel. It also refers to letters of the alphabet that represent those sounds: Z, B, T, G, and H are all consonants.

Consonants are all the non-vowel sounds, or their corresponding letters: A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y are not consonants. In hat, H and T are consonants. Consonant can also be an adjective that describes things that seem like they should go together, things that are "agreeable." You could say a nation's offer of aid is consonant with their treaties. When you hear consonant sounds in music, they are pleasing, the opposite of "dissonant" sounds which are harsh.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: consonant

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n
a speech sound that is not a vowel
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adj
involving or characterized by harmony
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: consonant
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n a speech sound that is not a vowel

Antonyms:
vowel, vowel sound
a speech sound made with the vocal tract open
Types:
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alveolar, alveolar consonant, dental, dental consonant
a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue near the gum ridge
obstruent
a consonant that is produced with a partial or complete blockage of the airflow from the lungs through the nose or mouth
aspirate
a consonant pronounced with aspiration
labial, labial consonant
a consonant whose articulation involves movement of the lips
labiodental, labiodental consonant
a consonant whose articulation involves the lips and teeth
nasal, nasal consonant
a consonant produced through the nose with the mouth closed
lingual
a consonant that is produced with the tongue and other speech organs
liquid
a frictionless continuant that is not a nasal consonant (especially `l' and `r')
geminate
a doubled or long consonant
surd, voiceless consonant
a consonant produced without sound from the vocal cords
velar, velar consonant
a consonant produced with the back of the tongue touching or near the soft palate
guttural, guttural consonant, pharyngeal, pharyngeal consonant
a consonant articulated in the back of the mouth or throat
occlusive, plosive, plosive consonant, plosive speech sound, stop, stop consonant
a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
bilabial
a consonant that is articulated using both lips; /p/ or /b/ or /w/
labial stop
a stop consonant that is produced with the lips
continuant, continuant consonant
consonant articulated by constricting (but not closing) the vocal tract
affricate, affricate consonant, affricative
a composite speech sound consisting of a stop and a fricative articulated at the same point (as `ch' in `chair' and `j' in `joy')
Type of:
phone, sound, speech sound
(phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language

n a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken consonant

Type of:
alphabetic character, letter, letter of the alphabet
the conventional characters of the alphabet used to represent speech
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adj involving or characterized by harmony

Synonyms:
harmonic, harmonical, harmonised, harmonized
harmonious
musically pleasing

adj in keeping

Synonyms:
accordant, agreeable, concordant, conformable
consistent
(sometimes followed by `with') in agreement or consistent or reliable
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