how to pronounce hen


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hen is pronounced in one syllable

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

“… Kelly Nicole hen sir …”

meanings of hen


  1. A female of other bird species, particularly a sexually mature female fowl.
  2. A henlike person of either sex.
  3. A hen night.
  4. A bride-to-be, particularly in the context of her "hen night" festivities.
  5. A female fish (especially a salmon or trout) or crustacean.
  6. A female chicken (Gallus gallus), particularly a sexually mature one kept for her eggs. Coordinate term: cock.
  7. The hard clam (Mercenaria mercenaria), a bivalve shellfish.
  8. A woman, particularly.
  9. An affectionate term of address used to women or girls.


  1. Alternative form of mother-hen.
  2. To throw.


  1. Hence.

hen frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word hen occurs in english on average 4.9 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 hen 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 hen can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

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