[ 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.

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 Formslabiality, nounlabially, adverb

Word Origin for labial

C16: from Medieval Latin labiālis, from Latin labium lip
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Word Origin and History for labiality



"pertaining to the lips," 1590s, from Medieval Latin labialis "having to do with the lips," from Latin labium "lip" (see lip (n.)). The noun meaning "a labial sound" is from 1660s. Related: Labially.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for labiality


[ lābē-əl ]


Relating to the lips or labia.
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