nasal

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[ ney-zuh l ]
/ ˈneɪ zəl /
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adjective

of or relating to the nose: the nasal cavity.
Phonetics. pronounced with the voice issuing through the nose, either partly, as in French nasal vowels, or entirely (as in m, n, or the ng of song).

noun

Phonetics. a nasal speech sound.

Nearby words

  1. narwhalian,
  2. nary,
  3. nary a,
  4. nas/uwt,
  5. nasa,
  6. nasal bone,
  7. nasal capsule,
  8. nasal cavity,
  9. nasal concha,
  10. nasal crest

Origin of nasal

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1375–1425; late Middle English (adj.) < Medieval Latin *nāsālis, equivalent to Latin nās(us) nose + -ālis -al1

Related formsna·sal·i·ty [ney-zal-i-tee] /neɪˈzæl ɪ ti/, na·sal·ism, nounsem·i·na·sal·i·ty, noun

nasal

2
[ ney-zuh l ]
/ ˈneɪ zəl /

noun Armor.

a bar or narrow plate used with an open helmet as a defense for the nose.

Origin of nasal

2
1470–80; late Middle English < Medieval Latin nāsāle, noun use of neuter of *nāsālis nasal1; replacing Middle English nasel < Middle French < Medieval Latin, as above

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British Dictionary definitions for nasal

nasal

/ (ˈneɪzəl) /

adjective

of or relating to the nose
phonetics pronounced with the soft palate lowered allowing air to escape via the nasal cavity instead of or as well as through the mouth

noun

a nasal speech sound, such as English m, n, or ng
another word for nosepiece (def. 1)
Derived Formsnasality (neɪˈzælɪtɪ), nounnasally, adverb

Word Origin for nasal

C17: from French from Late Latin nāsālis, from Latin nāsus nose

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Word Origin and History for nasal

nasal

adj.

1650s, "of the nose," from French nasal, from Latin nasus "nose, the nose, sense of smell," from PIE *nas- (see nose (n.)). Of speech sounds, attested from 1660s. As a noun, "nasal letter or sound," from 1660s. Related: Nasality; nasalization.

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Medicine definitions for nasal

nasal

[ nāzəl ]

adj.

Of, in, or relating to the nose.

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Science definitions for nasal

nasal

[ nāzəl ]

Relating to or involving the nose.
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