[awr-uh-ney-zuh l, ohr-]Phonetics
  1. pronounced with the voice issuing through the mouth and the nose simultaneously, as in the nasalized vowels of French.
  1. an orinasal sound.
Also oronasal.

Origin of orinasal

1865–70; < Latin ōr- (stem of ōs) mouth + -i- + nasal1
Related formso·ri·na·sal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for orinasal


  1. pronounced with simultaneous oral and nasal articulation, such as the French nasalized vowels (œ) (as in un), (ɔ̃) (as in bon), and (ɑ̃) (as in blanc)
  1. an orinasal speech sound
Derived Formsorinasally, adverb

Word Origin for orinasal

C19: from Latin ōr- (from ōs mouth) + nasal
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