• A sound that results from the passage of air through restrictions of the oral cavity; any sound that is not the dominant sound of a syllable, the dominant sound generally being a vowel.
  • A letter representing the sound of a consonant.



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  • From Middle English consonant or consonaunt, from Old French consonant, from Latin cōnsonāns ("sounding with"), from the prefix con- + the present participle sonāns, from sonāre. The Latin is a calque of Ancient Greek σύμφωνον.

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