[ ley-bee-uh l ]
/ ˈleɪ bi əl /


of, relating to, or resembling a labium.
of or relating to the lips.
Phonetics. involving lip articulation, as p, v, m, w, or a rounded vowel.
Music. having the tones produced by the impact of a stream of air on a sharp liplike edge, as in a flute or the flue pipes of an organ.

noun Phonetics.

any labial consonant, especially a bilabial.
any labial sound.


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Origin of labial

From the Medieval Latin word labiālis, dating back to 1585–95. See labium, -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for labiality

/ (ˈleɪbɪəl) /


of, relating to, or near lips or labia
music producing sounds by the action of an air stream over a narrow liplike fissure, as in a flue pipe of an organ
phonetics relating to a speech sound whose articulation involves movement or use of the lipsa labial click


Also called: labial pipe music an organ pipe with a liplike fissure
phonetics a speech sound such as English p or m, whose articulation involves movement or use of the lips

Derived forms of labial

labiality, nounlabially, adverb

Word Origin for labial

C16: from Medieval Latin labiālis, from Latin labium lip
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Medical definitions for labiality

[ lābē-əl ]


Relating to the lips or labia.
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