What does palatal mean?

Definitions for palatalˈpæl ə tl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. palatal(adj)

    a semivowel produced with the tongue near the palate (like the initial sound in the English word `yeast')

  2. palatal, palatine(adj)

    relating to or lying near the palate

    "palatal index"; "the palatine tonsils"

  3. palatal, palatalized, palatalised(adj)

    produced with the front of the tongue near or touching the hard palate (as `y') or with the blade of the tongue near the hard palate (as `ch' in `chin' or `j' in `gin')


  1. palatal(Noun)

    A palatal consonant.

  2. palatal(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the palate.

  3. palatal(Adjective)

    Of an upper tooth, on the side facing the palate.

  4. palatal(Adjective)

    Articulated at the hard palate.

  5. Origin: From palate + -al.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Palatal(adj)

    of or pertaining to the palate; palatine; as, the palatal bones

  2. Palatal(adj)

    uttered by the aid of the palate; -- said of certain sounds, as the sound of k in kirk

  3. Palatal(noun)

    a sound uttered, or a letter pronounced, by the aid of the palate, as the letters k and y

  4. Origin: [Cf. F. palatal.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of palatal in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of palatal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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