labial

adjective
la·​bi·​al | \ ˈlā-bē-əl How to pronounce labial (audio) \

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

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Other Words from labial

Adjective

labially \ ˈlā-​bē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce labially (audio) \ adverb

Examples of labial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Honold had sustained extensive injuries—one of which Linda Walther, the nurse who examined her at the hospital, had never seen before: a torn labial frenulum, which connects the inside of the upper lip to the gums. Barbara Bradley Hagerty, The Atlantic, "The Campus Rapist Hiding in Plain Sight," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of labial

Adjective

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1650, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for labial

Adjective

Medieval Latin labialis, from Latin labium lip

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The first known use of labial was in 1590

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“Labial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/labial. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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labial

adjective
How to pronounce labial (audio)

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 How to pronounce labial (audio) \

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 How to pronounce labially (audio) \ adverb

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