how to pronounce shibboleth


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the above transcription of shibboleth 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.

shibboleth is pronounced in three syllables

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

“… Paris is a great Shibboleth but I'm not …”

meanings of shibboleth


  1. A common or longstanding belief, custom, or catchphrase associated with a particular group, especially one with little current meaning or truth.
  2. A word, especially seen as a test, to distinguish someone as belonging to a particular nation, class, profession etc.

shibboleth frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word shibboleth 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 shibboleth 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 shibboleth can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to shibboleth


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