consonantnoun [ C ]uk /ˈkɒn.sə.nənt/ us /ˈkɑːn.sə.nənt/
B1 one of the speech sounds or letters of the alphabet that is not a vowel. Consonants are pronounced by stopping the air from flowing easily through the mouth, especially by closing the lips or touching the teeth with the tongue.
- Don't you hate the way she speaks, pronouncing each single consonant so precisely.
- She's got some unpronounceable name that seems to be all consonants.
Examples from literature
- Double consonants followed by a vowel must be pronounced really double, as in Italian.
- Several initial consonants of words and syllables are commonly interchanged, even by the same speaker if he uses a word more than once during a conversation.
- The speaker, therefore, will exercise the greatest care in pronouncing consonants distinctly.
- Under what condition is a consonant never doubled at the end of a word?