how to pronounce hairpin


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the above transcription of hairpin 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.

hairpin is pronounced in two syllables

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

“… taking your m3 round a hairpin for …”

meanings of hairpin


  1. An elongated v-shaped sign placed underneath a staff to indicate a crescendo.
  2. A pin or fastener for the hair.
  3. A very tight bend in a road.
  4. A kind of ribozyme; hairpin ribozyme.

hairpin frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word hairpin occurs in english on average 0.7 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.

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