\ ˈthrōt How to pronounce throat (audio) \

Definition of throat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : the part of the neck in front of the spinal column
(2) : the passage through the neck to the stomach and lungs
b(1) : voice
(2) : the seat of the voice
2 : something resembling the throat especially in being an entrance, a passageway, a constriction, or a narrowed part: such as
a : the orifice of a tubular organ especially of a plant
b : the opening in the vamp of a shoe at the instep
c : the part of a tennis racket that connects the head with the shaft
3 : the curved part of an anchor's arm where it joins the shank — see anchor illustration
at each other's throats
: in open and aggressive conflict


throated; throating; throats

Definition of throat (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to utter in the throat : mutter
2 : to sing or enunciate in a throaty voice

Examples of throat in a Sentence

Noun My throat was dry so I took a sip of water. He held a knife to her throat. His shirt was open at the throat. He grabbed her by the throat.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Others win by repeatedly pushing their opponent’s throat back with an open palm. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2022 Cancer returned in Mackey’s throat last year, of a type different from his initial diagnosis. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Sep. 2022 Rosalía paused a concert to ensure fans who had fainted were out of danger, Eddie Vedder developed throat damage from singing through a heat wave, and Carlos Santana collapsed midset due to heat exhaustion. Adam Met, Rolling Stone, 4 Sep. 2022 The documentary interweaves Kaepernick’s history, personal and professional, and the anger and resentments that have always existed but were given full throat by the 2016 election. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2022 Reelz tends to be an excellent option for those who can’t get enough of the cut-throat police drama and action. Amy Leona Havin | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 2 Sep. 2022 The real history being made came in the latter half of the night, when Nicki came for Miley's throat. Ana Escalante, Glamour, 28 Aug. 2022 At some point during the disagreement, Isa attempted to slash the man’s throat with a pocket knife at about 2:50 p.m. Caroline Kubzansky, Chicago Tribune, 22 Aug. 2022 The action on the field elicited several loud cheers, though the crowd will not be in full throat until the Sept. 3 opener against Arizona. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Why may throat swabs help COVID-19 rapid tests give more accurate results? al, 5 Jan. 2022 Delhiites are now spotting rare birds like gray hornbills and red-throated flycatchers. Paul Daugherty,, 21 Apr. 2020 Delhiites are now spotting rare birds like gray hornbills and red-throated flycatchers. Paul Daugherty,, 21 Apr. 2020 Delhiites are now spotting rare birds like gray hornbills and red-throated flycatchers. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2020 Where death enters white armed, white throated, Where the body drops like lightning on rain-moist ground. Patricia Spears Jones, The New Yorker, 9 Mar. 2020 This week, look for white-crowned, white-throated, swamp, and Savannah sparrows., 20 Oct. 2019 Trump, meanwhile, has hardly been full-throated in his support for Guaidó. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2020 But some turtles, like the Australian white-throated snapping turtle, can absorb oxygen from water through their cloaca – a backside tube that functions as a waste-excreting, breeding and egg-laying zone. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 27 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of throat


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for throat


Middle English throte, from Old English; akin to Old High German drozza throat

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“Throat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for throat


\ ˈthrōt How to pronounce throat (audio) \

Kids Definition of throat

1 : the passage through the neck from the mouth to the stomach and lungs a sore throat
2 : the front part of the neck on the outside


\ ˈthrōt How to pronounce throat (audio) \

Medical Definition of throat

1 : the part of the neck in front of the spinal column
2 : the passage through the throat to the stomach and lungs containing the pharynx and upper part of the esophagus, the larynx, and the trachea

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