how to pronounce contour


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the above transcription of contour 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.

contour frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word contour occurs in english on average 2.1 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.

contour is pronounced in two syllables

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

“… the Tarte shape tape contour can see …”

meanings of contour


  1. An outline, boundary or border, usually of curved shape.
  2. A speech sound which behaves as a single segment, but which makes an internal transition from one quality, place, or manner to another.
  3. A line on a map or chart delineating those points which have the same altitude or other plotted quantity: a contour line or isopleth.


  1. To form a more or less curved boundary or border upon.
  2. To mark with contour lines.
  3. To practise the makeup technique of contouring.

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