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 formspost·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



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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Word Origin and History for velar

1726, from Latin velaris, from velum "sail, curtain" (see veil (n.)). Originally an architect's term for a type of cupola; phonetics sense is from 1876, on notion of "pertaining to the velum," the anatomist's name for the soft palate (velum in this sense is attested from 1771, in full velum palati). The noun meaning "a velar guttural" is recorded from 1886.

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velar in Medicine




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