how to pronounce stern


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stern is pronounced in one syllable

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

“… find one of those stern stones learn …”

meanings of stern


  1. The post of management or direction.
  2. The tail of an animal; now used only of the tail of a dog.
  3. The rear part or after end of a ship or vessel.
  4. The hinder part of anything.
  5. A bird, the black tern.


  1. Grim and forbidding in appearance.
  2. Having a hardness and severity of nature or manner.


  1. A surname​.

stern frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word stern occurs in english on average 7.9 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.

topics stern 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 stern can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

2) transport and travel;

words with pronunciation similar to stern


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