palatal

adjective pal·a·tal \ ˈpa-lə-tᵊl \

Definition of palatal

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

palatal

noun

palatally

play \ˈpa-lə-tᵊl-ē\ adverb

Examples of palatal in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of palatal

1668


PALATAL Defined for English Language Learners

palatal

adjective

Definition of palatal for English Language Learners

  • 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


Medical Dictionary

palatal

adjective pal·a·tal \ ˈpal-ət-ᵊl \

medical Definition of palatal

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

palatally

play \-ᵊl-ē\ adverb

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