plural noun, singular nar·is [nair-is] /ˈnɛər ɪs/. Anatomy.

the nostrils or the nasal passages.

Nearby words

  1. narcotrafficking,
  2. nard,
  3. nardine,
  4. nardoo,
  5. nare,
  6. narew,
  7. narghile,
  8. narial,
  9. narine,
  10. naris

Origin of nares

1685–95; < Latin nārēs, plural of nāris a nostril; see nose Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nares


pl n singular naris (ˈnɛərɪs)

anatomy the nostrils

Word Origin for nares

C17: from Latin; related to Old English nasu, Latin nāsus nose

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Word Origin and History for nares



"nostrils," 1690s, from Latin nares, plural of naris "nostril," from PIE root *nas- (see nose (n.)).

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