[ pal-uh-tl-ahyz ]
/ ˈpæl ə tlˌaɪz /

verb (used with object), pal·a·tal·ized, pal·a·tal·iz·ing.

to articulate (a consonant other than a normal palatal) as a palatal or with relatively more contact between the blade of the tongue and the hard palate, as in certain pronunciations of the l-sound in million.

verb (used without object), pal·a·tal·ized, pal·a·tal·iz·ing.

(of a consonant) to undergo palatalization.

Nearby words

  1. palatal,
  2. palatal index,
  3. palatal papillomatosis,
  4. palatal process,
  5. palatal reflex,
  6. palatalized,
  7. palate,
  8. palatial,
  9. palatinate,
  10. palatine

Also especially British, pal·a·tal·ise.

Origin of palatalize

First recorded in 1865–70; palatal + -ize

Related formspal·a·tal·i·za·tion, nounnon·pal·a·tal·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for palatalize



/ (ˈpælətəˌlaɪz) /


(tr) to pronounce (a speech sound) with the blade of the tongue touching the palate
Derived Formspalatalization or palatalisation, noun

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