[ pal-uh-tl ]
/ ˈpæl ə tl /


Anatomy. of or relating to the palate.
Phonetics. articulated with the blade of the tongue held close to or touching the hard palate.


Phonetics. a palatal consonant.


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Origin of palatal

From French, dating back to 1820–30; see origin at palate, -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for palatal

/ (ˈpælətəl) /


Also called: palatine of or relating to the palate
phonetics of, relating to, or denoting a speech sound articulated with the blade of the tongue touching the hard palate


Also called: palatine the bony plate that forms the palate
phonetics a palatal speech sound, such as the semivowel (j)

Derived forms of palatal

palatally, adverb
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Medical definitions for palatal

[ pălə-təl ]


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