Definition of nasal in English:



  • 1Relating to the nose.

    ‘the nasal passages’
    ‘a nasal spray’
    • ‘The company develops a unique anti-bleeding agent for use in first-aid products, such as plasters, sprays and nasal plugs.’
    • ‘The findings do not tell us anything about the benefits or risks of other modes of HRT administration such as patches, gels, implants or nasal spray.’
    • ‘And yet again, these problems are ‘solved’ with pills and lotions and nasal sprays.’
    • ‘Something's really wrong with my nasal passages.’
    • ‘Your doctor might recommend using nose drops, a nasal spray, a decongestant, or an antihistamine.’
    • ‘Upshot was, one nasal spray, two weeks off nursery school, constant nose-blowing and operations may not be as essential to future happiness as was previously thought.’
    • ‘Drops can relieve itchy eyes, and a nasal spray helps a blocked nose and sneezing.’
    • ‘The virus can be spread through direct contact or through the air, and can live in the environment - on clothes or hay or even in human nasal passages - for a month.’
    • ‘If you love me, you'll send me tissues and nasal sprays.’
    • ‘Nose drop addiction is a vicious cycle requiring more frequent use of nose drops or spray to keep your nasal passages clear.’
    • ‘It caught my nasal passages sharply, like a fishhook.’
    • ‘Treatment usually consists of antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays, eye drops and, occasionally, desensitisation or steroid jabs.’
    • ‘Tourists looking to give their nasal passages a workout should check out Japan's sulfurous hot springs, lavender blossoms and grilled eel, left, for starters.’
    • ‘There are several natural remedies available for snoring, ranging from throat lubricants and nasal sprays to nose strips.’
    • ‘Maybe there's more to my nasal passages than meets the eye.’
    • ‘It became apparent that I have a sizeable polyp that has gained a foothold across the top of my nose, blocking both of my nasal passages.’
    • ‘It is an excellent method for opening blocked nasal passages.’
    • ‘You can, instead of getting a shot, I can actually just get a nasal spray.’
    • ‘Exercise releases adrenaline, a natural decongestant, which may explain why a run or other activity can help clear nasal passages.’
  • 2Phonetics
    (of a speech sound) pronounced by the breath resonating in the nose, e.g. m, n, ng, or French en, un.

    Compare with oral (sense 2 of the adjective)
    • ‘In Chinese pronunciation, basic vowels can form vowel combinations with each other or with a nasal consonant.’
    • ‘In the former, 12 vowels are distinguished, six oral vowels and six nasal vowels.’
    • ‘English vowels may be partially nasalized when followed by a nasal consonant.’
    • ‘Hollow N representing nasal sound of vowels, as in French Vin.’
    • ‘I have never, for instance, heard a speaker of English condemn the nasal vowels or the dropped consonants of the French language.’
    1. 2.1 (of the voice or speech) produced or characterized by resonation in the nose as well as the mouth.
      ‘a drawling nasal voice’
      • ‘She stuttered incorrigibly and had a sharp, nasal voice, which grated on Flanagan's nerves throughout the painful forty-five minutes.’
      • ‘Indeed, her voice was quite nasal; her bright red nose couldn't hide it.’
      • ‘David's nasal voice managed to sound both sombre and aroused.’
      • ‘Sung in a whiny nasal voice over acoustic guitar strumming, the lyric would have been nothing short of painful.’
      • ‘A few girls snickered on the row behind them as warm-ups began; Mikelle's nasal voice often brought ridicule from others around her.’
      • ‘As an oldies act, his nasal whine, shockingly similar to his father's distinctive voice, grates on the nerves in stereo.’
      • ‘‘Alright class, take your seats,’ Mrs. Marks' nasal voice droned through the class.’
      • ‘His voice is mildly nasal, mildly ironic, and in general, mild.’
      • ‘She was ripped out of her thoughts when her father's loud nasal voice filled the hall, and she had to force herself not to cover her ears.’
      • ‘‘Sir, there is a woman here that has your name to get a room,’ the head serviceman says over the phone in a very nasal voice.’
      • ‘I glared icily at him, and then mimicked him in a false, high, nasal voice.’
      • ‘Was that a sob, hidden carefully in that whining, nasal voice?’
      • ‘The lead singer stepped up to the mic, and spoke in a nasal voice.’
      • ‘The voice lost its mysterious deep quality and rose to a nasal whine at the end of the sentence.’
      • ‘His voice was annoying since it had a nasal whine to it.’
      • ‘It seemed like they had so much in common: nasal voices, a taste for writing long, slow, acoustic dirges, and a closet full of flannel.’
      • ‘Belle's nasal voice (which was fake) could be heard a mile away.’
      • ‘The high-pitched, nasal voice stopped Kate's explanation in its tracks.’
      • ‘He has a deep and resonant or perhaps a high and nasal voice.’
      • ‘I don't have to ever again endure his nasal voice!’


  • 1A nasal speech sound.

    • ‘There is one exception to this generalization - the velar nasal may not occur in onset position.’
    • ‘In fairness, we either don't/won't speak French or we speak it badly with an English speaker's difficulty over the French nasals.’
    • ‘These consonants are generally referred to as nasal consonants or nasals.’
    • ‘From the point of view of the writer, there are a few ambiguities in that in certain environments syllable-final nasals may be written either as nasals or as the plain stops of the same point of articulation.’
  • 2historical A nosepiece on a helmet.

    • ‘Sometimes a nasal would be included to protect the face, often as an extension of the framework although it could be added separately.’


Middle English (in nasal (sense 2 of the noun)): from medieval Latin nasalis, from Latin nasus ‘nose’.