an·​gu·​lar | \ ˈaŋ-gyə-lər How to pronounce angular (audio) \

Definition of angular

1a : forming an angle : sharp-cornered
b : having one or more angles
2 : measured by an angle angular distance
3a : stiff in character or manner : lacking smoothness or grace
b : lean and having prominent bone structure

Other Words from angular

angularly adverb

Examples of angular in a Sentence

He has an angular face. She's a tall, angular girl. The house is low and angular.
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Recent Examples on the Web Georgio Petrovic, 21, was born a year after the bombing and lives in the same imposing, angular tower block. Marc Santora, New York Times, 13 Jan. 2022 Meanwhile, Sturla Brandth Grøvlen ’s cinematography captures in dramatic 16mm B&W, gigantic, angular monuments reaching up into the sky. John Hopewell, Variety, 6 Jan. 2022 With a polarizing design—thanks to angular lines and a deliberately futuristic aesthetic—Toyota's first full EV, the bZ4X, will have a range of 310 miles on the front-wheel-drive model. Jeremy White, Wired, 1 Jan. 2022 From time to time, a whisper of an arpeggiated chord or an angular motif emerges, only to dissolve back into the fog. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2021 Like the Cybertruck, the body is decidedly geometric, eschewing curves for angular lines. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 23 Dec. 2021 The angular lines of the Opera House are almost universally popular but more recent additions have split opinion. David Nikel, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 The physical design of the laptops will move away form the current narrow profile wedge towards the more angular and rectangular design that the MacBook Pro has introduced. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 The par-5 fifth hole at Whistling Straits is a monstrosity that stands out for its angular design. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 25 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of angular

circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for angular

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French angulaire, borrowed from Latin angulāris "situated at the corner, having angles or corners," from angulus "corner, angle entry 1" + -āris -ar

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21 Jan 2022

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English Language Learners Definition of angular

: having little flesh so that the shapes of your bones can be seen : thin and bony
: having one or more angles


an·​gu·​lar | \ ˈaŋ-gyə-lər How to pronounce angular (audio) \

Kids Definition of angular

1 : having angles or sharp corners … the town was laid out in harsh angular patterns.— Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
2 : thin and bony


an·​gu·​lar | \ ˈaŋ-gyə-lər How to pronounce angular (audio) \

Medical Definition of angular

1a : having an angle or angles
b : forming an angle or corner : sharp-cornered
2 : measured by an angle angular distance
3 : relating to or having a chemical structure in which a component ring or group is attached at an angle and not in a straight line an angular methyl group
4 : relating to or situated near an anatomical angle the angular head of the levator labii superioris specifically : relating to or situated near the inner angle of the eye

Other Words from angular

angularity \ ˌaŋ-​gyə-​ˈlar-​ə-​tē How to pronounce angular (audio) \ noun, plural angularities
angularly adverb


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