palatalization

noun
pal·​a·​tal·​i·​za·​tion | \ ˌpa-lə-tə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce palatalization (audio) \

Definition of palatalization

1 : the quality or state of being palatalized
2 : an act or instance of palatalizing an utterance in rapid speech the \t\ in got undergoes palatalization before you to yield \ˈgächə\

First Known Use of palatalization

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Palatalization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/palatalization. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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