nasal

1 of 2

noun

na·​sal ˈnā-zəl How to pronounce nasal (audio)
1
: the nosepiece of a helmet
2
: a nasal part
3
: a nasal consonant

nasal

2 of 2

adjective

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\, \n\, \ŋ\, \ōⁿ\, or \aⁿ\)
b
: characterized by resonance produced through the nose
3
of a musical tone : sharp, penetrating
nasality noun
nasally
ˈnā-zə-lē How to pronounce nasal (audio)
ˈnāz-lē
adverb

Examples of nasal in a Sentence

Adjective a bottle of nasal spray the nasal consonants and the nasal vowels in French Her voice is harsh and nasal.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
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Adjective
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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nasal was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Nasal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nasal. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

nasal

1 of 2 noun
na·​sal ˈnā-zəl How to pronounce nasal (audio)
: a nasal consonant

nasal

2 of 2 adjective
1
: of or relating to the nose
2
a
: uttered with passage of air through the nose
the nasal consonants \m\, \n\, and \ŋ\
the nasal vowels in French
b
: marked by resonance produced through the nose
speaking in a nasal tone
nasality noun
nasally adverb

Medical Definition

nasal

1 of 2 noun
na·​sal ˈnā-zəl How to pronounce nasal (audio)
: a nasal part (as a bone)

nasal

2 of 2 adjective
: of or relating to the nose
nasal inflammation
nasally adverb
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