[ luh-rin-jee-uhl, lar-uhn-jee-uhl ]

  1. of, relating to, or located in the larynx.

  2. Phonetics. articulated in the larynx.

  1. Phonetics. a laryngeal sound.

  2. Historical Linguistics. one of several hypothetical phonemes assumed to have existed in Proto-Indo-European and to have been lost in most later Indo-European languages after having modified some contiguous consonants and vowels.

Origin of laryngeal

1785–95; <New Latin larynge(us) of, pertaining to the larynx (see laryng-, -eous) + -al1
  • Also la·ryn·gal [luh-ring-guhl]. /ləˈrɪŋ gəl/.

Other words from laryngeal

  • la·ryn·ge·al·ly, adverb
  • post·la·ryn·gal, adjective
  • post·la·ryn·ge·al, adjective
  • sub·la·ryn·gal, adjective
  • sub·la·ryn·ge·al, adjective
  • sub·la·ryn·ge·al·ly, adverb
  • su·per·la·ryn·ge·al, adjective
  • su·per·la·ryn·ge·al·ly, adverb

Words Nearby laryngeal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use laryngeal in a sentence

  • The "breath-band" advocates hold that the glottic stroke is the key to correct laryngeal action.

    The Psychology of Singing | David C. Taylor
  • Vocal theorists generally treat the subject of attack as connected in some way with registers and laryngeal action.

    The Psychology of Singing | David C. Taylor

British Dictionary definitions for laryngeal


laryngal (ləˈrɪŋɡəl)

/ (ˌlærɪnˈdʒiːəl, ləˈrɪndʒɪəl) /

  1. of or relating to the larynx

  2. phonetics articulated at the larynx; glottal

Origin of laryngeal

C18: from New Latin laryngeus of the larynx

Derived forms of laryngeal

  • laryngeally, adverb

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