how to pronounce thistle


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the above transcription of thistle 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.

thistle is pronounced in two syllables

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

“… nettle stems the thistle has a surprise …”

meanings of thistle


  1. This plant seen as the national emblem of Scotland.
  2. Any of several perennial composite plants, especially of genera Cirsium, Carduus, Cynara, or Onopordum, having prickly leaves and showy flower heads with prickly bracts.
  3. This plant used as a charge.
  4. The Order of the Thistle, or membership thereof.


  1. A surname​.

thistle frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word thistle occurs in english on average 2.5 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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