how to pronounce diminutive


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diminutive is pronounced in four syllables

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

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meanings of diminutive


  1. Serving to diminish.
  2. Of or pertaining to, or creating a word form expressing smallness, youth, unimportance, or endearment.
  3. Very small.


  1. A word form expressing smallness, youth, unimportance, or endearment.

diminutive frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word diminutive occurs in english on average 1.3 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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