how to pronounce hail


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the above transcription of hail 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.

hail is pronounced in one syllable

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

“… of some damaging winds large hail and …”

meanings of hail


  1. To pour down in rapid succession.
  2. Of hail, to fall from the sky.
  3. To greet; give salutation to; salute.
  4. To signal in order to initiate communication with.
  5. To call out loudly in order to gain the attention of.
  6. To send or release hail.
  7. To name; to designate; to call.


  1. Balls or pieces of ice falling as precipitation, often in connection with a thunderstorm.


  1. Healthy, whole, safe.


  1. An exclamation of respectful or reverent salutation, or, occasionally, of familiar greeting.


  1. A surname​.

hail frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word hail occurs in english on average 9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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