lin·​gual | \ ˈliŋ-gwəl 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 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 More than one-third of Bank of America’s advertised positions called for bi-lingual workers. Gwen Moran, Fortune, "No, Humanities Degrees Don’t Mean Low Salaries," 10 Dec. 2019 Pablo Sandoval was a popular pick, as the bi-lingual infielder is a popular player with both teammates and fans. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Which San Francisco Giants players will be breakout stars (as media members)?," 13 Sep. 2019 The surgery can be necessary for infants when the lingual frenulum, the tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth, is too tight, restricting the tongue's movement. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Most babies referred for tongue-tie surgeries to breastfeed unnecessary, study says," 15 July 2019 The display of lingual lapis lazuli provides one of the intimate moments between human and animal at the Roos and Mates tour. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Roos, geese, and a blue-tongued lizard: Behind the scenes at San Diego Zoo Safari Park," 8 June 2019 Detecting hate speech seems to be one of Facebook’s biggest challenges, according to the report, since there can be lingual nuances that artificial intelligence can not yet detect. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "Facebook reveals how much abusive content it removes," 15 May 2018 Philosophical and lingual deconstruction is an attempt, conscious or otherwise, to avoid being held to any standard which one doesn’t want to follow or believe in. WSJ, "Feelings Are Fine, But a Consensus Is Divine," 8 May 2018 The charm is in the menu, packed with all sorts of Mexican delights, and the warm, multi-lingual-enough service. Beth Segal,, "Las Americas: Destination dining in the back of the store in Bedford Heights," 30 Mar. 2018

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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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26 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lingual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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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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