[ noun kawr-uh-nl, kor-; adjective kuh-rohn-l, kawr-uh-nl, kor- ]
See synonyms for coronal on
  1. a crown; coronet.

  2. a garland.

  1. of or relating to a coronal.

  2. Anatomy.

    • of or relating to a corona.

    • (of a plane along the long axis of the body) lying in the direction of the coronal suture.

    • Also frontal. lying in the direction of the frontal plane.

  1. Phonetics. (of a speech sound) articulated with the tip of the tongue, especially in a retroflex position.

  2. Linguistics. (in distinctive feature analysis) articulated with the blade of the tongue raised; dental, alveolar, or palato-alveolar.

  3. of or relating to the tip of the tongue.

Origin of coronal

1300–50; Middle English <Latin corōnālis, equivalent to Latin corōn(a) crown + -ālis-al1

Other words from coronal

  • cor·o·naled; especially British, cor·o·nalled, adjective
  • co·ro·nal·ly, adverb
  • non·co·ro·nal, adjective

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How to use coronal in a sentence

  • The birches and aspens are turned to trees of gold, and only the great oak keeps his coronal of green.

  • Haply her truant tresses mock Some coronal of shapelier block, To wit, the bounding billy-cock.

  • No coronal effect was noted, though a pulsating nebulous area appeared in front of the moon just before contact.

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
  • They placed a coronal of blooming orange flowers upon her faultless head.

    Baron Bruno | Louisa Morgan
  • To prevent this shave off the hair from the coronal commissures, and apply the following plaster to the place.

British Dictionary definitions for coronal


  1. poetic a circlet for the head; crown

  2. a wreath or garland

  1. anatomy short for coronal suture

  1. of or relating to a corona or coronal

  2. phonetics a less common word for retroflex

Origin of coronal

C16: from Late Latin corōnālis belonging to a crown

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