Definition of "labial" [la•bi•al]

  • (adjective) Of or relating to the lips or labia.
  • (adjective) Linguistics Articulated mainly by closing or partly closing the lips, as the sounds (b), (m), or (w).
  • (noun) Linguistics A labial consonant.
  • (noun) Music See flue1.
  • (adjective) of, relating to, or near lips or labia
  • (adjective) producing sounds by the action of an air stream over a narrow liplike fissure, as in a flue pipe of an organ
  • (adjective) relating to a speech sound whose articulation involves movement or use of the lips
  • (noun) an organ pipe with a liplike fissure
  • (noun) a speech sound such as English p or m, whose articulation involves movement or use of the lips

Use "labial" in a sentence

  • "Mexico. 11 The language of Nootka is by no means harsh or disagreeable; for it abounds, upon the whole, rather with what may be called labial and dental, than with guttural sounds."
  • "El is the article; but when it precedes a word beginning with a letter called a labial, it takes the sound of that letter."
  • "Of the two cusps the labial is the larger and more prominent."

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