glottal

adjective
glot·​tal | \ ˈglä-tᵊl How to pronounce glottal (audio) \

Definition of glottal

: of, relating to, or produced in or by the glottis glottal constriction

Examples of glottal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a special note of aggressive contempt that can be layered into the diphthongs and glottal stops of what linguists call Inland North American English, and Carone used it lavishly. New York Times, 17 Dec. 2020 Sloppy enunciation, glottal mayhem, off-kilter expressiveness and a general airlessness have killed some books read by the very person who created them. Dallas News, 20 Aug. 2019 Sloppy enunciation, glottal mayhem, off-kilter expressiveness, and a general airlessness have killed some books read by the very person who created them. Katherine A. Powers, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2019 King’s shudders and vibratos, half-shouts and glottal stops have become a synecdoche for the ongoing struggle for American freedom. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of glottal

circa 1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glottal

probably borrowed from French glottale, borrowed from New Latin glōttālis, from glōttis glottis + Latin -ālis -al entry 1

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The first known use of glottal was circa 1846

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“Glottal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glottal. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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glottal

adjective
glot·​tal | \ ˈglät-ᵊl How to pronounce glottal (audio) \
variants: also glottic \ -​ik How to pronounce glottal (audio) \

Medical Definition of glottal

: of, relating to, or produced in or by the glottis glottal constriction

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