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Definition of "labial" [la•bi•al]

  • 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). (adjective)
  • Linguistics A labial consonant. (noun)
  • Music See flue1. (noun)
  • Of, relating to, or near lips or labia (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • 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 (adjective)
  • 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 (noun)

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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."