Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Either of the external openings of the nose; a naris.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of the external openings of the nose; a nasal orifice; a naris or narial aperture.
  • noun Scent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Anat.) One of the external openings of the nose, which give passage to the air breathed and to secretions from the nose and eyes; one of the anterior nares.
  • noun obsolete Perception; insight; acuteness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Either of the two orifices located on the nose (or on the beak of a bird); used as a passage for air and other gases to travel the nasal passages.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun either one of the two external openings to the nasal cavity in the nose

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English nostrille, from Old English nosthyrl : nosu, nose; see nas- in Indo-European roots + thyrl, hole; see terə- in Indo-European roots.]

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From nose + thirl.

Examples

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  • "Thou sendest forth the north wind at eventide, and breath from thy nostrils to the satisfaction of thy heart."

    - the Egyptian Book of the Dead

    January 17, 2008

  • and also brains through thy nostrils by means of an iron hook, no?

    January 17, 2008

  • *sigh*. So romantic.

    January 17, 2008

  • This is an icky word. But there's a fascinating nostril discussion over on dirhinic.

    July 29, 2009