- Phonetics (of a speech sound) pronounced by the voice resonating in the mouth, as the vowels in English. Compare with nasal (sense 2 of the adjective).
early 17th century: from late Latin oralis, from Latin os, or- 'mouth'
Do not confuse oral with aural. Oral means 'spoken' or 'having to do with the mouth' (oral communication skills), whereas aural means 'having to do with the ears or hearing' (her new album provides pure aural pleasure).