how to pronounce villain


audio example by a male speaker

audio example by a female speaker

the above transcription of villain 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.

villain is pronounced in two syllables

press buttons with phonetic symbols to learn how to precisely pronounce each sound of villain

example pitch curve for pronunciation of villain


test your pronunciation of villain

press the "test" button to check how closely you can replicate the pitch of a native speaker in your pronunciation of villain

video examples of villain pronunciation

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

“… republican party is the villain when in …”

meanings of villain


  1. An extremely depraved person, or one capable or guilty of great crimes.
  2. In fiction, a character who has the role of being bad, especially antagonizing the hero.
  3. A deliberate scoundrel.
  4. Archaic form of villein.
  5. Any opponent player, especially a hypothetical player for example and didactic purposes. Compare: hero (“the current player").
  6. A vile, wicked person.


  1. To debase; to degrade.

villain frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word villain occurs in english on average 10.1 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.

words with pronunciation similar to villain


words that rhyme with villain


Did this page help you?