- of or relating to the tongue or some tonguelike part.
- pertaining to languages.
- Phonetics. articulated with the aid of the tongue, especially the tip of the tongue, as d, n, s, or r.
- Phonetics. a lingual sound.
Origin of lingual
- anatomy of or relating to the tongue or a part or structure resembling a tongue
- rareof or relating to language or languages
- (in combination)polylingual
- articulated with the tongue
- a lingual consonant, such as Scots (r)
Word Origin and History for prelingual
1640s, from Medieval Latin lingualis "of the tongue," from Latin lingua "tongue," also "speech, language," from Old Latin dingua, from PIE *dnghu- "tongue" (cf. Old English tunge, Gothic tuggo "tongue;" see tongue). Altered in Latin probably in part by association with lingere "to lick."
- Of or relating to the tongue or any tonguelike part; glossal.
- Next to or toward the tongue.