Alliteration: Definition and Examples

What is alliteration? By definition, alliteration is when the same letter or sound at the beginning of words is repeated. Most often, alliterations contain the same letter to begin the word (crazy cats) but if the word begins with a letter that makes the same sound, it is also an alliteration (crazy kittens).

Alliterations are used in writing or speaking most often to emphasize something important. Alliterations are commonly used for branding and marketing purposes because they are easy to remember and fun to say. Examples of this being used in branding are seen with Best Buy, Chuck E. Cheeses, Krispy Kreme, Coca-Cola, and so much more.

Alliterations are all around us and they play a major role in the English language. Being able to identify and create alliterations in speech and writing will help you to advance your English language skills.

Some fun and simple tongue twister alliterative sentences

Language can be fun sometimes and alliterations are a great way to explore and have fun with language. Here are a few examples of alliterative sentences that are sure to twist up your tongue. Try saying these five times fast.

  • Little Leroy likes licking the lemon lollipop.
  • Bake a big batch of brittle brownies for the big birthday bingo bash.
  • Marcus met Mary at the market last Monday.
  • Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
  • She sells seashells by the seashore.
  • Silly Sally swiftly shooed seven silly sheep. The seven silly sheep Silly Sally shooed shilly-shallied south. These sheep shouldn’t sleep in a shack.


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