how to pronounce owl


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the above transcription of owl 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.

owl is pronounced in one syllable

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

“… so I could see this owl dry when I'm out …”

meanings of owl


  1. The owl pigeon.
  2. A person seen as having owl-like characteristics, especially appearing wise or serious, or being nocturnally active.
  3. Any of various birds of prey of the order Strigiformes that are primarily nocturnal and have forward-looking, binocular vision, limited eye movement, and good hearing.
  4. Initialism of Web Ontology Language.
  5. Any of various nymphalid butterflies having large eyespots on the wings.
  6. A politician with moderate views that are neither hawkish nor dovish.


  1. To smuggle contraband goods.

owl frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word owl occurs in english on average 9.6 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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