Definition of prelingual in English:

prelingual

adjective

  • 1Existing, occurring, or originating before the acquisition of speech or the development of language.

  • 2Located in front of the tongue; (of a speech sound) articulated using the front of the tongue. Also as noun: a prelingual speech sound (rare).

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Fitzedward Hall (1825–1901), oriental scholar and philologist. From pre- + lingual.

Pronunciation

prelingual

/ˌpriːˈlɪŋɡw(ə)l/