[ yoo-vyuh-ler ]

  1. of or relating to the uvula.

  2. Phonetics. articulated with the back of the tongue held close to or touching the uvula, as in the r-sound of Parisian French.

  1. Phonetics. a uvular sound.

Origin of uvular

From the New Latin word ūvulāris, dating back to 1700–10. See uvula, -ar1

Other words from uvular

  • u·vu·lar·ly, adverb

Words Nearby uvular

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How to use uvular in a sentence

  • Dickens noticed the uvular tone of voice in young thieves, due to deformity of the uvula.

    Degeneracy | Eugene S. Talbot

British Dictionary definitions for uvular


/ (ˈjuːvjʊlə) /

  1. of or relating to the uvula

  2. phonetics articulated with the uvula and the back of the tongue, such as the (r) sound of Parisian French

  1. a uvular consonant

Derived forms of uvular

  • uvularly, adverb

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