how to pronounce contour


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The above transcription of contour 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.

contour is pronounced in two syllables

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

“… described as a child's contour map of …”

meanings of contour


  1. An outline, boundary or border, usually of curved shape.
  2. A speech sound which behaves as a single segment, but which makes an internal transition from one quality, place, or manner to another.
  3. A line on a map or chart delineating those points which have the same altitude or other plotted quantity: a contour line or isopleth.


  1. To form a more or less curved boundary or border upon.
  2. To mark with contour lines.
  3. To practise the makeup technique of contouring.

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