how to pronounce chime


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the above transcription of chime 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.

chime is pronounced in one syllable

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

“… then the other folks can chime in and I …”

meanings of chime


  1. A musical instrument producing a sound when struck, similar to a bell (e.g. a tubular metal bar) or actually a bell. Often used in the plural to refer to the set: the chimes.
  2. A small hammer or other device used to strike a bell.
  3. The sound of such an instrument or device.
  4. Alternative form of chine (“edge of a cask; part of a ship; etc.").
  5. An individual ringing component of such a set.
  6. A small bell or other ringing or tone-making device as a component of some other device.


  1. To make a rude correspondence of sounds; to jingle, as in rhyming.
  2. To cause to sound in harmony; to play a tune, as upon a set of bells; to move or strike in harmony.
  3. To utter harmoniously; to recite rhythmically.
  4. To agree; to correspond.
  5. To make the sound of a chime.

chime frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word chime occurs in english on average 2.4 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.

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