how to pronounce cistern


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the above transcription of cistern 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.

cistern is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of cistern in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… and over until the whole cistern is …”

meanings of cistern


  1. A reservoir or tank for holding water, especially for catching and holding rainwater for later use.
  2. A cisterna.
  3. In a flush toilet, the container in which the water used for flushing is held; a toilet tank.
  4. The vessel surrounding the condenser in a steam engine.

cistern frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word cistern occurs in english on average 2.7 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.

words that rhyme with cistern


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