[ ney-zuh l ]
/ ˈneɪ zəl /


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).


Phonetics. a nasal speech sound.


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Origin of nasal

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


na·sal·i·ty [ney-zal-i-tee] /neɪˈzæl ɪ ti/, na·sal·ism, nounsem·i·na·sal·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for nasality

  • As for the fault of nasality, it is, as I have said, the most difficult to get rid of.

    Caruso and Tetrazzini on the Art of Singing|Enrico Caruso and Luisa Tetrazzini
  • The common defects of nasality, throatiness, and harshness, are due to wrong and careless use of the speaking-instrument.

    Talks on Talking|Grenville Kleiser
  • Why not forswear French again and pronounce nuance without trying vainly to preserve the Gallic nasality of the second n—newance?

    Society for Pure English, Tract 5|Society for Pure English
  • A very disagreeable and common fault is nasality, or "talking through the nose."

    Talks on Talking|Grenville Kleiser

British Dictionary definitions for nasality

/ (ˈneɪzəl) /


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


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

Derived forms of nasal

nasality (neɪˈzælɪtɪ), nounnasally, adverb

Word Origin for nasal

C17: from French from Late Latin nāsālis, from Latin nāsus nose
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Medical definitions for nasality

[ nāzəl ]


Of, in, or relating to the nose.
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Scientific definitions for nasality

[ nāzəl ]

Relating to or involving the nose.
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