[ yoo-vyuh-ler ]
/ ˈyu vyə lər /


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


Phonetics. a uvular sound.

Nearby words

  1. uvula,
  2. uvula cerebelli,
  3. uvula palatina,
  4. uvula vermis,
  5. uvula vesicae,
  6. uvulectomy,
  7. uvulitis,
  8. uvulo-,
  9. uvuloptosis,
  10. uvulotomy

Origin of uvular

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

Related formsu·vu·lar·ly, adverb

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Examples from the Web for uvular

  • 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) /


of or relating to the uvula
phonetics articulated with the uvula and the back of the tongue, such as the (r) sound of Parisian French


a uvular consonant
Derived Formsuvularly, adverb

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Medicine definitions for uvular


[ yōōvyə-lər ]


Of, relating to, or associated with the uvula.

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