Definition of “alveolar” - English Dictionary

“alveolar” in British English

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alveolaradjective

uk /ˌæl.viˈəʊ.lər/ us /ælˈviː.ə.lɚ/ specialized

alveolar adjective (SPEECH)

phonetics (of a speech sound) made by putting your tongue against the hard place behind your top front teeth:

/t/, /z/, and /n/ are alveolar sounds in English.

alveolar adjective (JAW)

anatomy relating to the holes in the jaw that hold the roots of the teeth:

the alveolar ridge

(Definition of “alveolar” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)