nasal


1na·sal

noun \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

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