how to pronounce pigeonhole


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the above transcription of pigeonhole 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.

pigeonhole is pronounced in three syllables

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

“… it's very hard to pigeonhole her …”

meanings of pigeonhole


  1. One of an array of compartments for storing scrolls at a library.
  2. One of an array of compartments for receiving mail and other messages at a college, office, etc.
  3. One of an array of compartments for housing pigeons.
  4. A similar compartment in a desk, used for sorting and storing papers.


  1. To put aside, to not act on (proposals, suggestions, advice).
  2. To categorize; especially to limit or be limited to a particular category, role, etc.

pigeonhole frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word pigeonhole occurs in english on average 0.4 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 pigeonhole 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 pigeonhole can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) communication, information, and media;

words with pronunciation similar to pigeonhole


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