Definition of nasal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈneɪzl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈneɪzl//
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  1. 1connected with the nose the nasal passages a nasal spray
  2. 2(of somebody’s voice) sounding as if it is produced partly through the nose a nasal accent
  3. 3(phonetics) (of a speech sound) produced by sending a stream of air through the nose. The nasal consonants in English are /m/, /n/ and /ŋ/, as in sum, sun and sung. See related entries: Phonetics
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (in sense 2 of the noun): from medieval Latin nasalis, from Latin nasus ‘nose’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: nasal