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[uh-lit-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv] /əˈlɪt əˌreɪ tɪv, -ər ə tɪv/
pertaining to or characterized by alliteration:
alliterative verse.
Origin of alliterative
1755-65; alliterat(ion) + -ive
Related forms
alliteratively, adverb
alliterativeness, noun
nonalliterative, adjective
nonalliteratively, adverb
nonalliterativeness, noun
unalliterative, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for alliterative
  • Jazzy, alliterative verse introduces orchestral instruments and their sounds.
  • Challenge students to preview the photos in the story and come up with alliterative descriptions for the animals shown.
  • As regards verse, there are the two great orders, riming and blank alliterative.
  • The line invariably consists of fifteen syllables and is devoid of either timing or alliterative ornament.
  • Or craters if you want to be more correct and less alliterative.
  • They are both there for sound, non-racist reasons: one is alliterative, the other descriptive.
  • Powerful as they were under the names they were born with, they are yet more powerful under their alliterative aliases.
Word Origin and History for alliterative

1764, from alliterate + -ive. Related: Alliteratively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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