how to pronounce vain


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vain is pronounced in one syllable

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

“… wear it like it seems quite vain to be …”

meanings of vain


  1. Overly proud of oneself, especially concerning appearance; having a high opinion of one's own accomplishments with slight reason.
  2. Having no real substance, value, or importance; empty; void; worthless; unsatisfying.
  3. Effecting no purpose; pointless, futile.
  4. Showy; ostentatious.


  1. Acronym of vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia.

vain frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word vain occurs in english on average 7.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics vain 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 vain can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to vain


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