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nasal

noun na·sal \ ˈnā-zəl \
|Updated on: 11 Jul 2018

Definition of nasal

1 : the nosepiece of a helmet
2 : a nasal part
3 : a nasal consonant

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Origin and Etymology of nasal

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from nes nose, from Latin nasus — more at nose


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nasal

adjective

Definition of nasal

1 : of or relating to the nose
2 a : uttered with the soft palate lowered and with passage of air through the nose (as with \m\, \, \ŋ\, \ōⁿ\, or \aⁿ\)
b : characterized by resonance produced through the nose
3 of a musical tone : sharp, penetrating

nasality

play \nā-ˈza-lə-tē\ noun

nasally

play \ˈnā-zə-lē, ˈnāz-lē\ adverb

Examples of nasal in a Sentence

  1. a bottle of nasal spray

  2. the nasal consonants and

  3. the nasal vowels in French

  4. Her voice is harsh and nasal.

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First Known Use of nasal

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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NASAL Defined for English Language Learners

nasal

Definition of nasal for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to the nose

  • : produced by pushing air out through the nose when you speak

  • : producing nasal sounds


NASAL Defined for Kids

nasal

adjective na·sal \ ˈnā-zəl \

Definition of nasal for Students

1 : of or relating to the nose
  • the nasal passages
2 : uttered with the nose passage open
  • The consonants \m\, \n\, and \ŋ\ are nasal.

nasally

adverb

Medical Dictionary

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nasal

noun na·sal \ ˈnā-zəl \

medical Definition of nasal

: a nasal part (as a bone)

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nasal

adjective

medical Definition of nasal

: of or relating to the nose
  • nasal inflammation

nasally

play \ˈnāz-(ə-)lē\ adverb


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