how to pronounce tarmac


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the above transcription of tarmac 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.

tarmac is pronounced in two syllables

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

“… General's tarmac meeting with the former …”

meanings of tarmac


  1. Tarmacadam.
  2. The driveable surface of a road.
  3. Any bituminous road surfacing material.
  4. The area of an airport, other than the runway, where planes park or maneuver.


  1. To pave with tarmacadam or a similar material.
  2. To spend time idling on a runway, usually waiting for takeoff clearance.

tarmac frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word tarmac occurs in english on average 1.6 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 tarmac 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 tarmac can be often used in the following areas:

1) transport and travel;

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