Definition of nostril in English:


Line breaks: nos|tril
Pronunciation: /ˈnɒstr(ə)l


  • Either of two external openings of the nasal cavity in vertebrates that admit air to the lungs and smells to the olfactory nerves.
    More example sentences
    • The jelly or nose spray is put just inside your nostril on the septum.
    • Plug the other nostril and have the child gently blow through the nostril where the object is stuck.
    • A hole is pierced through the skin and cartilage of the nostril.



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  • It wast the voice of a snotty-nostrilled child sitting in a pool and putting shellfish in her drawers.
  • He was also notorious for a series of political cartoons in which he represented the Communists by a three-nostrilled man.


Old English nosterl, nosthyrl, from nosu 'nose' + thȳr(e)l 'hole'.

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