palatal

adjective
pal·​a·​tal | \ˈpa-lə-tᵊl \

Definition of palatal 

1a : formed with some part of the tongue near or touching the hard palate posterior to the teethridge the \sh\ and \y\ in English and the \ḵ\ of ich \iḵ\ in German are examples of palatal consonants

b of a vowel : front sense 2

2 : of, relating to, forming, or affecting the palate

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Other Words from palatal

palatal noun
palatally \ ˈpa-​lə-​tᵊl-​ē \ adverb

Examples of palatal in a Sentence

The first sound in the English word “jar” is a palatal sound.

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Kung-Ekoka, a musical language of nasal tones and palatal clicks. Juman Malouf, New York Times, "Big Beautiful Books for Small People," 1 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of palatal

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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palatal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of palatal

linguistics of a speech sound : made by placing the tongue so that it is near or touching the top surface (called the palate) of your mouth

palatal

adjective
pal·​a·​tal | \ˈpal-ət-ᵊl \

Medical Definition of palatal 

: of, relating to, forming, or affecting the palate palatal itching

Other Words from palatal

palatally \ -​ᵊl-​ē \ adverb

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