- of or relating to a velum, especially the soft palate.
- Phonetics. articulated with the back of the tongue held close to or touching the soft palate.
- Phonetics. a velar sound.
- of, relating to, or attached to a velumvelar tentacles
- phonetics articulated with the soft palate and the back of the tongue, as in the sounds (k), (ɡ), or (ŋ)
1726, from Latin velaris, from velum “sail, curtain” (see veil (n.)). Originally an architect’s term for a type of cupola; phonetics sense is from 1876, on notion of “pertaining to the velum,” the anatomist’s name for the soft palate (velum in this sense is attested from 1771, in full velum palati). The noun meaning “a velar guttural” is recorded from 1886.
- Of or relating to a velum.
- Concerning or using the soft palate.