velar

adjective
ve·​lar | \ ˈvē-lər How to pronounce velar (audio) \

Definition of velar

1 : formed with the back of the tongue touching or near the soft palate the velar \k\ of \ˈkül\ cool
2 : of, forming, or relating to a velum and especially the soft palate

Other Words from velar

velar noun

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Velar is ultimately derived from Latin velum (meaning "curtain" or "veil"), which was itself adopted into English by way of New Latin as a word for the soft palate (the fold at the back of the hard palate-palate, by the way, refers to the roof of the mouth-that partially separates the mouth from the pharynx). Velar is used by phonologists to refer to the position of the tongue in relation to the soft palate when making certain sounds. Other terms for what phonologists refer to as "places of articulation" are palatal (tongue against the roof of the mouth), dental (tongue against the upper teeth), and alveolar (tongue against the inner surface of the gums of the upper front teeth).

First Known Use of velar

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for velar

velum + -ar, probably after French vélaire or German velar

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“Velar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/velar. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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velar

adjective
ve·​lar | \ ˈvē-lər How to pronounce velar (audio) \

Medical Definition of velar

: of, forming, or relating to a velum and especially the soft palate

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