1. Phonetics. a palatal consonant.

Origin of palatal

From French, dating back to 1820–30; see origin at palate, -al1
Related formspal·a·tal·ism, pal·a·tal·i·ty, nounpal·a·tal·ly, adverbnon·pal·a·tal, adjective, nounpre·pal·a·tal, adjectiveun·pal·a·tal, adjectiveun·pal·a·tal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for palatal

Historical Examples of palatal

  • Here the palatal takes the place of the dental, as in Brangwin for Anglo-Sax.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley

  • Palatal aspect of the cranium and mandible of a Donkey (Equus asinus) 1/5.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The parasphenoid is the first of the palatal bones to appear.

  • This is the palatal resonance, in which there is the most power (Plate A).

    How to Sing

    Lilli Lehmann

  • Yet the head tone must not be entirely free from palatal resonance.

    How to Sing

    Lilli Lehmann

British Dictionary definitions for palatal


  1. Also called: palatine of or relating to the palate
  2. phonetics of, relating to, or denoting a speech sound articulated with the blade of the tongue touching the hard palate
  1. Also called: palatine the bony plate that forms the palate
  2. phonetics a palatal speech sound, such as the semivowel (j)
Derived Formspalatally, adverb
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palatal in Medicine


  1. Palatine.
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