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English definition of “assonance”

assonance

noun [U]     /ˈæs.ən.əns/ specialized
the similarity in sound between two syllables that are close together, created by the same vowels but different consonants (e.g. 'back' and 'hat'), or by the same consonants and different vowels (e.g. 'hit' and 'heart') → Compare alliterationPhonology and phonetics
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