palatal

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adjective pal·a·tal \ˈpa-lə-təl\

Definition of palatal

  1. 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 consonantsb of a vowel :  front 2

  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

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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

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adjective pal·a·tal \ˈpal-ət-əl\

Medical Definition of palatal

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

palatally

\-əl-ē\play adverb

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