[noun kawr-uh-nl, kor-; adjective kuh-rohn-l, kawr-uh-nl, kor-]
- a crown; coronet.
- a garland.
- of or relating to a coronal.
- Phonetics. (of a speech sound) articulated with the tip of the tongue, especially in a retroflex position.
- Linguistics. (in distinctive feature analysis) articulated with the blade of the tongue raised; dental, alveolar, or palato-alveolar.
- of or relating to the tip of the tongue.
Origin of coronal
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Examples from the Web for coronal
“I may go with the launch, after all, but not to Coronal,” he remarked.Brandon of the Engineers
The tendency of the coronal region is upward, that of the basilar downward.
Osculum twice as broad as the central chamber, surrounded by a coronal of strong conical teeth, twice as long as its diameter.
He encircled his gadding hair with a coronal of vineleaves, smiling at Vincent.Ulysses
I have given thee a coronal of pain and made thee rich with loss and desire.Prairie Gold
- poetic a circlet for the head; crown
- a wreath or garland
- anatomy short for coronal suture
- of or relating to a corona or coronal
- phonetics a less common word for retroflex
C16: from Late Latin corōnālis belonging to a crown
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Word Origin and History for coronal
1540s, "pertaining to a crown" (or, later, to one of the extended senses of Latin corona), from French coronal (16c.), from Latin coronalis, from corona (see crown (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of or relating to a corona, especially of the head.
- Of, relating to, or having the direction of the coronal suture or of the plane dividing the body into front and back portions.
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