de·​la·​bi·​al·​ize ˌdē-ˈlā-bē-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce delabialize (audio)
delabializing; delabialized; delabializes

transitive verb

: to pronounce (a speech sound) without lip rounding : to remove lip rounding from (a speech sound)
delabialization noun
plural delabializations

Word History


de- + labial entry 1 + -ize

First Known Use

circa 1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of delabialize was circa 1876

Cite this Entry

“Delabialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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