- of the palate
- articulated with the part of the tongue just behind the tip raised against or near the hard palate, as the consonants (y) in yes and (H) in German ich
- designating a stop, fricative, etc. whose point of articulation is on or near the hard or soft palate, as (?, j, ?, ?)
- front: said of certain vowels
Origin of palatalFrench from Classical Latin palatum, palate
a palatal sound
- Of or relating to the palate.
- Linguistics a. Produced with the front of the tongue near or against the hard palate, as the (y) in English young.b. Produced with the blade of the tongue near the hard palate, as the (ch) in English chin.c. Produced with the front of the tongue in a forward position. Used of a vowel.
A palatal sound.
(comparative more palatal, superlative most palatal)
- (phonetics) A palatal consonant.
From palate + -al.