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  1. of or relating to the glottis.
  2. Phonetics. articulated at the glottis.
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  1. glottal stop.
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Origin of glottal

First recorded in 1840–50; glott(is) + -al1
Related formssub·glot·tal, adjectivesub·glot·tal·ly, adverbsu·per·glot·tal, adjectivesu·per·glot·tal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for glottal

rasping, low, grating, husky, thick, rough, gruff, harsh, hoarse, inarticulate, sepulchral, throaty, glottal, gravelly

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Historical Examples of glottal

  • The language was rich in glottal stops, clicks and guttural strangling sounds.

    Planet of the Damned

    Harry Harrison

  • In standard English the h is a glottal continuant only when there is precise and emphatic utterance.

  • The glottal lips open partly by yielding sidewise,—that is, they are compressed,—and partly by being shoved upward and outward.

  • The backward apostrophe probably represents the glottal stop; the simple apostrophe may indicate the same sound.

  • The glottal lips vibrate differently for the different vowels.

British Dictionary definitions for glottal


  1. of or relating to the glottis
  2. phonetics articulated or pronounced at or with the glottis
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Word Origin and History for glottal


1846; see glottis + -al (1). Glossal is attested from 1860.

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glottal in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to the glottis.
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