nostril

noun nos·tril \ ˈnä-strəl \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of nostril

1 : either of the external nares; broadly : either of the nares with the adjoining passage on the same side of the septum
2 : either fleshy lateral wall of the nose

Examples of nostril in a Sentence

  1. My left nostril is stuffed up.

  2. She left in a rage, her nostrils flaring.

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Origin and Etymology of nostril

Middle English nosethirl, from Old English nosthyrl, from nosu nose + thyrel hole; akin to Old English thurh through


NOSTRIL Defined for English Language Learners

nostril

noun

Definition of nostril for English Language Learners

  • : one of the two openings of the nose


NOSTRIL Defined for Kids

nostril

noun nos·tril \ ˈnä-strəl \

Definition of nostril for Students

: either of the outer openings of the nose through which people and many animals breathe

Medical Dictionary

nostril

noun nos·tril \ ˈnäs-trəl \

medical Definition of nostril

1 : either of the external nares; broadly : either of the nares with the adjoining passage on the same side of the nasal septum
2 : either fleshy lateral wall of the nose

Illustration of nostril



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