how to pronounce buttonhole


audio example by a male speaker

audio example by a female speaker

the above transcription of buttonhole is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

buttonhole is pronounced in three syllables

press buttons with phonetic symbols to learn how to precisely pronounce each sound of buttonhole

example pitch curve for pronunciation of buttonhole


test your pronunciation of buttonhole

press the "test" button to check how closely you can replicate the pitch of a native speaker in your pronunciation of buttonhole

video examples of buttonhole pronunciation

An example use of buttonhole in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… elegant boot on EA in his buttonhole he …”

meanings of buttonhole


  1. A hole through which a button is pushed to secure a garment or some part of one.
  2. A flower worn in a buttonhole for decoration.
  3. A small slot-like cut or incision, made for example by an accident with the scalpel.


  1. To detain (a person) in conversation against their will.

buttonhole frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word buttonhole occurs in english on average 0.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics buttonhole can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that buttonhole can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

Did this page help you?