alveolar

adjective al·ve·o·lar \ al-ˈvē-(ə-)lər \

Definition of alveolar

1 : of, relating to, resembling, or having alveoli; especially : of, relating to, or constituting the part of the jaws where the teeth arise, the air-containing compartments of the lungs, or glands with secretory cells about a central space
2 : articulated with the tip of the tongue touching or near the teethridge

alveolarly

adverb

Examples of alveolar in a Sentence

  1. The word “two” begins with an alveolar sound.

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First Known Use of alveolar

1750

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ALVEOLAR Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of alveolar for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to a speech sound that is made with the tip of the tongue touching the roof of the mouth near the front teeth


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alveolar

adjective al·ve·o·lar \ al-ˈvē-ə-lər \

medical Definition of alveolar

1 : of, relating to, resembling, or having alveoli
2 : of, relating to, or constituting the part of the jaws where the teeth arise, the air-containing cells of the lungs, or glands with secretory cells about a central space

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