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Definition of "guttural" []

  • Of or relating to the throat. (adjective)
  • Having a harsh grating quality, as certain sounds produced in the back of the mouth. (adjective)
  • Linguistics Velar. (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.

Use "guttural" in a sentence
  • "The following glossolalic passage, spelled out phonetically, was made from that recording the phonetic symbol “?” refers to a guttural sound made in the back of the esophagus:"
  • "The only diacritical marks here employed are the acute accent for stressed syllables and the apostrophe between two vowels to indicate the glottic closure or interruption of sound (improperly sometimes called a guttural) that prevents the two from coalescing."
  • "Arabic guttural, which is unknown in the other languages in which Latin roots predominate."