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1nasal

noun na·sal \ˈnā-zəl\

Definition of NASAL

1
:  the nosepiece of a helmet
2
:  a nasal part
3
:  a nasal consonant

Origin of NASAL

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from nes nose, from Latin nasus — more at nose
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with NASAL

2nasal

adjective

: of or relating to the nose

: produced by pushing air out through the nose when you speak

: producing nasal sounds

Full Definition of NASAL

1
:  of or relating to the nose
2
a :  uttered with the soft palate lowered and with passage of air through the nose (as with \m\, \n\, \ŋ\, \ōⁿ\, or \aⁿ\)
b :  characterized by resonance produced through the nose
3
of a musical tone :  sharp, penetrating
na·sal·i·ty \nā-ˈza-lə-tē\ noun
na·sal·ly \ˈnā-zə-lē, ˈnāz-lē\ adverb

Examples of NASAL

  1. a bottle of nasal spray
  2. the nasal consonants and
  3. the nasal vowels in French
  4. Her voice is harsh and nasal.

First Known Use of NASAL

1656
NASALITY Defined for Kids

nasal

adjective na·sal \ˈnā-zəl\

Definition of NASAL for Kids

1
:  of or relating to the nose <the nasal passages>
2
:  uttered with the nose passage open <The consonants \m\, \n\, and \ŋ\ are nasal.>
na·sal·ly adverb

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