Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CONSONANTS

The consonants were reproduced but the reader was forced to guess at the vowels.

His consonants were already a little slurred and he knew Gloria was ashamed of him.

By means of consonants we articulate our words; that is, we give them joints.

It is as if the composer were endeavoring to set to melody the consonants of his name.

Perhaps some of us struggle along with consonants that spell somebody else.

But in the Choctaw language, syllables often end with consonants.

After that he could alter the vowels and consonants to suit his vocal convenience.

No one has done it with v and j treated as consonants; but you and I can do it.

There is no absolute division between vowels and consonants.

All other consonants are semivowels, and are pronounced with a continuous sound.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "sound other than a vowel," from Latin consonantem (nominative consonans), present participle of consonare "to sound together, sound aloud," from com- "with" (see com-) + sonare "to sound" (see sonata). Consonants were thought of as sounds that are only produced together with vowels.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.