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nasal

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noun na·sal \ˈnā-zəl\

Definition of nasal

  1. 1 :  the nosepiece of a helmet

  2. 2 :  a nasal part

  3. 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


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nasal

adjective na·sal

Simple Definition of nasal

  • : 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. 1 :  of or relating to the nose

  2. 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. 3 of a musical tone :  sharp, penetrating

na·sal·i·ty play \nā-ˈza-lə-tē\ noun
na·sal·ly play \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.



1656

First Known Use of nasal

1656


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