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. Origin of nasal 1 1375–1425; late Middle English
Medieval Latin *nāsālis,
-ālis -al 1 Related forms na·sal·i·ty , [ney- zal-i-tee] /neɪˈzæl ɪ ti/ na·sal·ism, noun sem·i·na·sal·i·ty, noun
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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.
Why not forswear French again and pronounce nuance without trying vainly to preserve the Gallic
nasality of the second n—newance?
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. British Dictionary definitions for nasality 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 Derived Forms nasality ( neɪˈzælɪtɪ), noun nasally, 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 nasality 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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adj. Of, in, or relating to the nose.
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Relating to or involving the nose.
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