lin·​gual | \ ˈliŋ-gwəl How to pronounce lingual (audio) also ˈliŋ-gyə-wəl How to pronounce lingual (audio) \

Definition of lingual

1a : of, relating to, or resembling the tongue
b : lying near or next to the tongue especially : relating to or being the surface of tooth next to the tongue
c : produced by the tongue

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Other Words from lingual

lingually adverb

Examples of lingual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The organizations will present a series of virtual, multi-cultural and multi-lingual presentations to Skokie families addressing the mounting mental health issues and growing incidents of domestic violence due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff Report,, "Skokie Community Foundation uses grants to fund programs designed to address COVID-19 pandemic," 23 Nov. 2020 To try and improve communications with members of minority communities who are most at risk for the virus, the state has hired bi-lingual contact tracers and hired people who live in 11 cities through a community outreach program. Dave Altimari,, "Coronavirus clusters in Connecticut uncovered by state investigators show virus spreading at restaurants, private homes and places of worship, new data shows," 12 Nov. 2020 Cody utilizes imagery, historic documents, multi-lingual erasure poems, and more to force a reckoning with history’s silence. Sydney Williams, NBC News, "2020 National Book Awards finalists mark multiple firsts," 30 Oct. 2020 Kerala has also succeeded in distributing multi-lingual messaging, a powerful gesture that recognizes the migrant workers who do not speak the state’s official languages. Ruth Michaelson, Smithsonian Magazine, "How ‘Social Distancing’ Can Get Lost in Translation," 22 Apr. 2020 Samir Patil is the founder and CEO of a mobile-first, multi-lingual platform that enables creators to charge for their works. Samir Patil, Fortune, "How a ‘creator economy’ could help writers and artists triumph over Facebook and Google," 25 June 2020 The Oberlin show, accompanied by a lavish, bi-lingual catalog, is another happy result of the Chiba-Oberlin partnership. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Excellent Japanese print show at Allen Memorial Art Museum will be on extended view when Oberlin College reopens," 31 May 2020 Jazz is almost another character on Netflix's multi-lingual series produced by Chazelle, who directed the first two episodes. Shannon Carlin,, "The Soundtrack To Netflix’s The Eddy Might Turn You Into A Jazz Fan," 9 May 2020 Apple Music has announced its latest playlist called Suave, a multi-lingual, global R&B playlist which includes R&B songs in English, Spanish and a sprinkle of Portuguese. Suzette Fernandez, Billboard, "Apple Music to Launch New Multi-Lingual Playlist," 21 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of lingual

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for lingual

Latin lingua

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lin·​gual | \ ˈliŋ-g(yə-)wəl How to pronounce lingual (audio) \

Medical Definition of lingual

1 : of, relating to, or resembling the tongue
2 : lying near or next to the tongue a lingual blood vessel especially : relating to or being the surface of a tooth next to the tongue

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