how to pronounce drone


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drone is pronounced in one syllable

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

“… field so you know let's get the drone up …”

meanings of drone


  1. Someone who does not work; a lazy person, an idler.
  2. A male ant, bee or wasp, which does not work but can fertilize the queen bee.
  3. A remotely controlled aircraft, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
  4. A humming or deep murmuring sound.
  5. One who performs menial or tedious work.
  6. One of the fixed-pitch pipes on a bagpipe.
  7. A genre of music that uses repeated lengthy droning sounds.
  8. A low-pitched hum or buzz.


  1. To kill with a missile fired by unmanned aircraft.
  2. To speak in a monotone way.
  3. To produce a low-pitched hum or buzz.


  1. A surname​.

drone frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word drone occurs in english on average 4.8 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 drone 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 drone can be often used in the following areas:

1) transport and travel;

words with pronunciation similar to drone


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