how to pronounce iris


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iris is pronounced in two syllables

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

“… is is from iris is doing 10 to 20 …”

meanings of iris


  1. A rainbow, or other colourful refraction of light.
  2. A constricted opening in the path inside a waveguide, used to form a resonator.
  3. A plant of the genus Iris, common in the northern hemisphere, and generally having attractive blooms (See Iris (plant) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia).
  4. The inner circle of an oscillated color spot.
  5. The contractile membrane perforated by the pupil, which adjusts to control the amount of light reaching the retina, and which forms the colored portion of the eye (See Iris (anatomy) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia).
  6. A diaphragm used to regulate the size of a hole, especially as a way of controlling the amount of light reaching a lens.
  7. Plural of IRI.


  1. A messenger of the gods, and goddess of rainbows.
  2. A female given name from Ancient Greek; a flower name used since the end of the 19th century.
  3. 7 Iris, a main belt asteroid.


  1. To open or close in the manner of an iris.

iris frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word iris occurs in english on average 6.2 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.

topics iris 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 iris can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

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