Definition of lingual in English:



  • 1Anatomy
    Relating to, near, or on the side towards the tongue.

    • ‘Oral lichen planus is common, mainly occurs after middle age, and typically presents as bilateral white lesions (papules, plaques, or reticular areas) in the buccal and lingual mucosae.’
    • ‘The later dinocephalians improved on this system by developing heels on the lingual sides of the incisor teeth which met against one another to form a crushing surface when the jaws were shut.’
    • ‘The cingulum, which is strong at the posterior border, thins out in anterior direction along the lingual and buccal sides.’
    • ‘The posterior lingual crista runs off the lingual side of the fifth cuspule, following the ridge of a posterolingual bulge.’
    • ‘An incipient dentine tract is present on the lingual side of the tooth.’
    1. 1.1 (of a sound) formed by the tongue.
      language-producing, semantic, semasiological
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  • 2Relating to speech or language.

    ‘his demonstrations of lingual dexterity’
    • ‘In time, the logic of separation will not be limited to religion - there will be divisions demanded along cultural, lingual and ethnic lines.’
    • ‘It's consistently lucid, but nearly devoid of the lingual delights and challenges that draw enthusiasts to poetic culture, of any form, in the first place.’
    • ‘While humans may experience the senses in some fundamental way, lingual evolution comes out of necessity and transition within specific cultures.’
    • ‘The beauty in relationships that transcend social and lingual boundaries is wonderfully depicted as Isa dances with locals in an Indian desert.’
    • ‘He then apply sets of lingual rules and filters to ‘distill’ the information.’
    • ‘Similarities in language that can be traced to an Atlantean lingual root are across the world, not limited to a single continent.’
    • ‘If there are so many worlds, each rearing their own children, each would be sent into lingual isolation and be able to develop their own languages.’
    • ‘This may be due to lingual complexities created by terms absorbed from other languages, says Jordan.’


Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin lingualis, from Latin lingua ‘tongue, language’.