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[ney-zuh l] /ˈneɪ zəl/
of or relating to the nose:
the nasal cavity.
Phonetics. pronounced with the voice issuing through the nose, either partly, as in French nasal vowels, or entirely (as in m, n, or the ng of song).
Phonetics. a nasal speech sound.
Origin of nasal1
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English (adj.) < Medieval Latin *nāsālis, equivalent to Latin nās(us) nose + -ālis -al1
Related forms
[ney-zal-i-tee] /neɪˈzæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nasalism, noun
seminasality, noun


[ney-zuh l] /ˈneɪ zəl/
noun, Armor.
a bar or narrow plate used with an open helmet as a defense for the nose.
1470-80; late Middle English < Medieval Latin nāsāle, noun use of neuter of *nāsālis nasal1; replacing Middle English nasel < Middle French < Medieval Latin, as above Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for nasal
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  • The male voice was peculiar; it was, as I told you, reedy and nasal.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • The bookmakers kept up their nasal cries of "I lay on the field!"

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • He uttered the words with a nasal intonation, and a whimsical look at Kenneth.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • The one remarkable difference between them was in the nasal organ.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • And this he said with a nasal twang whose imitation was not to be mistaken.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for nasal


of or relating to the nose
(phonetics) pronounced with the soft palate lowered allowing air to escape via the nasal cavity instead of or as well as through the mouth
a nasal speech sound, such as English m, n, or ng
another word for nosepiece (sense 1)
Derived Forms
nasality (neɪˈzælɪtɪ) noun
nasally, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from French from Late Latin nāsālis, from Latin nāsus nose
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Word Origin and History for nasal

1650s, "of the nose," from French nasal, from Latin nasus "nose, the nose, sense of smell," from PIE *nas- (see nose (n.)). Of speech sounds, attested from 1660s. As a noun, "nasal letter or sound," from 1660s. Related: Nasality; nasalization.

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nasal in Medicine

nasal na·sal (nā'zəl)
Of, in, or relating to the nose.

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nasal in Science
Relating to or involving the nose.
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