The wiki defines a rhyme as:

...A rhyme is a repetition of similar sounds in two or more words, most often at the end of lines in poems and songs...

But if I have just 2 words in a statement that in my opinion rhymes, can I say that the one liner rhymes. If 'rhyme' is not the correct term, then what is the correct term for it.

The one liner is "Chef Ash".

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    What exactly are you asking? Obviously chef and ash don't rhyme, but if they did, they would. Apr 13, 2014 at 14:10
  • @FumbleFingers Can I not consider the 2 words as near rhymes? To me it just sounds similar enough to be considered at least near rhymes. Apr 13, 2014 at 14:28
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    For the purposes of rhyme, "similar sounds" generally means "same/similar vowels". The fact that the consonant /ʃ/ occurs in chef and ash (or wash and trash, for example) wouldn't normally be described as a "rhyme". Apr 13, 2014 at 14:38
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    Do not depend on wikis for definitions that apply to everything. Apr 13, 2014 at 15:52
  • Possibly related: english.stackexchange.com/questions/130814/…
    – John Y
    Apr 13, 2014 at 16:49

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I'd describe this as an example of either assonance or consonance - or simply as an internal rhyme.

  • It seems more like consonance than assonance – that would describe the /ʃ/ sound at the beginning and end of Chef Ash.
    – J.R.
    Apr 13, 2014 at 18:18

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