- 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.
Origin of nasal1
Examples from the Web for nasality
Historical Examples of 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
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."
The common defects of nasality, throatiness, and harshness, are due to wrong and careless use of the speaking-instrument.
- 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)
Word Origin for nasal
Word Origin and History for nasality
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.
- Of, in, or relating to the nose.
- Relating to or involving the nose.