Meaning of “dark l” in the English Dictionary

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"dark l" in British English

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dark lnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌdɑːk ˈel/ us /ˌdɑːrk ˈel/ specialized

a way of saying an /l/ sound, in which the back of the tongue is raised slightly:

Dark l typically occurs before a consonant, as in "help".

(Definition of “dark l” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)