how to pronounce tern


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tern is pronounced in one syllable

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meanings of tern


  1. Any of various sea birds of the family Sternidae that are similar to gulls but are smaller and have a forked tail.
  2. A lottery prize resulting from the favourable combination of three numbers in the draw.
  3. That which consists of, or pertains to, three things or numbers together.


  1. Threefold; triple; consisting of three; ternate.

tern frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word tern occurs in english on average 0.2 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 tern 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 tern can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

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