[ ling-gwuh l ]
/ ˈlɪŋ gwəl /


of or relating to the tongue or some tonguelike part.
pertaining to languages.
Phonetics. articulated with the aid of the tongue, especially the tip of the tongue, as d, n, s, or r.


Phonetics. a lingual sound.

Origin of lingual

1350–1400; Middle English: tongue-shaped surgical instrument < Medieval Latin linguālis. See lingua, -al1

Related forms

lin·gual·ly, adverbpre·lin·gual, adjectivepre·lin·gual·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lingual


/ (ˈlɪŋɡwəl) /


anatomy of or relating to the tongue or a part or structure resembling a tongue
  1. rare of or relating to language or languages
  2. (in combination)polylingual
articulated with the tongue


a lingual consonant, such as Scots (r)

Derived Forms

lingually, adverb
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Medicine definitions for lingual


[ lĭnggwəl ]


Of or relating to the tongue or any tonguelike part; glossal.
Next to or toward the tongue.
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