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[ney-zuh l]
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  1. of or relating to the nose: the nasal cavity.
  2. 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).
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  1. Phonetics. a nasal speech sound.
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Origin of nasal1

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


[ney-zuh l]
noun Armor.
  1. a bar or narrow plate used with an open helmet as a defense for the nose.
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Origin of nasal2

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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Examples from the Web for nasal

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Historical Examples

  • The male voice was peculiar; it was, as I told you, reedy and nasal.

  • The bookmakers kept up their nasal cries of "I lay on the field!"

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • He uttered the words with a nasal intonation, and a whimsical look at Kenneth.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • The one remarkable difference between them was in the nasal organ.

  • And this he said with a nasal twang whose imitation was not to be mistaken.

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for nasal


  1. of or relating to the nose
  2. phonetics pronounced with the soft palate lowered allowing air to escape via the nasal cavity instead of or as well as through the mouth
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  1. a nasal speech sound, such as English m, n, or ng
  2. another word for nosepiece (def. 1)
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Derived Formsnasality (neɪˈzælɪtɪ), nounnasally, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from French from Late Latin nāsālis, from Latin nāsus nose
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Word Origin and History for nasal


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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

nasal in Medicine


  1. Of, in, or relating to the nose.
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nasal in Science


  1. Relating to or involving the nose.
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