Definition of labiodental in English:


Pronunciation /ˌlābēōˈden(t)l/ /ˌleɪbioʊˈdɛn(t)l/

Translate labiodental into Spanish


  • (of a sound) made with the lips and teeth, for example f and v.

    ‘There is a small error in the New York Times article on the addition of a symbol for the labiodental flap to the International Phonetic Alphabet that Geoff mentioned: the bilabial trill does not still await its day.’
    • ‘‘None of this is true about labiodental flaps,’ Dr. Ladefoged said in an e-mail message.’
    • ‘The labiodental flap is described this way: ‘a buzz sometimes capped by a faint pop.’’
    • ‘But in general, labiodental stops are not used in the world's languages.’


  • A labiodental sound.

    ‘You may have had some problem with the words you have listed, (mostly labiodentals) while you developed speech, which led to a psychological block making you pause awhile before saying them.’
    • ‘I am particularly interested in the acquisition of Dutch labiodentals, which can be a difficult contrast for German and English learners of Dutch.’
    • ‘English has only fricative labiodentals, and no stops.’
    • ‘The visual information is especially helpful with front phonemes whose articulation we can see, such as labiodentals and bilabials.’
    • ‘An internal origin for these labiodentals is further supported by their distribution on the social variables of age, proficiency, and formal Spanish instruction.’