[ vee-ler ]
/ ˈvi lər /


of or relating to a velum, especially the soft palate.
Phonetics. articulated with the back of the tongue held close to or touching the soft palate.


Phonetics. a velar sound.

Origin of velar

From the Latin word vēlāris, dating back to 1720–30. See velum, -ar1

Related forms

post·ve·lar, adjectivepseu·do·ve·lar, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for velar


/ (ˈviːlə) /


of, relating to, or attached to a velumvelar tentacles
phonetics articulated with the soft palate and the back of the tongue, as in the sounds (k), (ɡ), or (ŋ)

Word Origin for velar

C18: from Latin vēlāris, from vēlum veil
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Medicine definitions for velar


[ vēlər ]


Of or relating to a velum.
Concerning or using the soft palate.
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