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Topic: MUSIC

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin, present participle of consonare 'to sound together, agree', from com- ( COM-) + sonare 'to sound'

consonant

2 adjective
     
consonant2
1

be consonant with something

formal to match or exist well with something else:
This policy is scarcely consonant with the government's declared aims.
2APM technical relating to a combination of musical notes that sounds pleasant [≠ dissonant]
consonance noun [uncountable]
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