Definition of palatal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpælətl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpælətl//
(phonetics) Phonetics
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a speech sound made by placing the tongue against or near the hard palate of the mouth, for example /j/ at the beginning of yes See related entries: Phonetics Word Originearly 18th cent.: from French, from Latin palatum.

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