how to pronounce lilt


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the above transcription of lilt 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.

lilt is pronounced in one syllable

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

“… which has a bit more of a lilt to it and …”

meanings of lilt


  1. To utter with spirit, animation, or gaiety; to sing with spirit and liveliness.
  2. To sing cheerfully, especially in Gaelic.
  3. To do something rhythmically, with animation and quickness, usually of music.


  1. A cheerful or melodious accent when speaking.
  2. Animated, brisk motion; spirited rhythm; sprightliness.
  3. A lively song or dance; a cheerful tune.

lilt frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word lilt occurs in english on average 0.5 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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