how to pronounce prelude


audio example by a male speaker

audio example by a female speaker

the above transcription of prelude 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.

prelude is pronounced in two syllables

press buttons with phonetic symbols to learn how to precisely pronounce each sound of prelude

example pitch curve for pronunciation of prelude


test your pronunciation of prelude

press the "test" button to check how closely you can replicate the pitch of a native speaker in your pronunciation of prelude

video examples of prelude pronunciation

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

“… up and perhaps there's a prelude just to …”

meanings of prelude


  1. A standard module or library of subroutines and functions to be imported, generally by default, into a program.
  2. A forerunner to anything.
  3. An introductory or preliminary performance or event.
  4. A short, free-form piece of music, originally one serving as an introduction to a longer and more complex piece; later, starting with the Romantic period, generally a stand-alone piece.


  1. To introduce something, as a prelude.
  2. To play an introduction or prelude; to give a prefatory performance.

prelude frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word prelude occurs in english on average 4.1 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.

topics prelude can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that prelude can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) leisure and entertainment;

words with pronunciation similar to prelude


Did this page help you?