how to pronounce onset


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the above transcription of onset 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.

onset is pronounced in two syllables

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video examples of onset pronunciation

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

“… and I call that onset make a friend of …”

meanings of onset


  1. A setting about; a beginning.
  2. The initial phase of a disease or condition, in which symptoms first become apparent.
  3. The initial portion of a syllable, preceding the syllable nucleus.
  4. Anything added, such as an ornament or as a useful appendage.
  5. An attack; an assault especially of an army.
  6. The beginning of a musical note or other sound, in which the amplitude rises from zero to an initial peak.


  1. To assault; to set upon.
  2. To set about; to begin.

onset frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word onset occurs in english on average 8.2 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.

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