how to pronounce picayune


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the above transcription of picayune 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.

picayune is pronounced in three syllables

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

“… daily Picayune at its peak her column …”

meanings of picayune


  1. A small coin of the value of six-and-a-quarter cents; a fippenny bit.
  2. Something of very little value; a trifle.
  3. An argument, fact, corner case, or other issue raised (often intentionally) that distracts from a larger issue at hand or fails to make any difference.
  4. A five-cent piece.


  1. Small-minded; childishly spiteful, tending to go on about unimportant things.
  2. Petty, trivial; of little consequence; small and of little importance.

picayune frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word picayune occurs in english on average 0.1 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 picayune 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 picayune can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

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