labial

adjective
la·​bi·​al | \ˈlā-bē-əl \

Definition of labial 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : uttered with the participation of one or both lips the labial sounds \f\, \p\, and \ü\

2 : of, relating to, or situated near the lips or labia

labial

noun

Definition of labial (Entry 2 of 2)

: a labial consonant

Other Words from labial

Adjective

labially \ ˈlā-​bē-​ə-​lē \ adverb

First Known Use of labial

Adjective

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1668, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for labial

Adjective

Medieval Latin labialis, from Latin labium lip

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about labial

Dictionary Entries near labial

label stop

-labes

labia

labial

labiality

labialize

labial palp

Statistics for labial

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for labial

The first known use of labial was in 1594

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for labial

labial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of labial

linguistics of a sound : produced by using one or both lips

labial

adjective
la·​bi·​al | \ˈlā-bē-əl \

Medical Definition of labial 

1 : of, relating to, or situated near the lips or labia

2 : uttered with the participation of one or both lips the labial sounds \f\, \p\, and \ü\

Other Words from labial

labially \ -​ē \ adverb

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on labial

Spanish Central: Translation of labial

Nglish: Translation of labial for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of labial for Arabic Speakers

Comments on labial

What made you want to look up labial? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

obstinately defiant of authority

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!