how to pronounce vain


audio example by a male speaker

audio example by a female speaker

The above transcription of vain 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.

vain is pronounced in one syllable

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

example pitch curve for pronunciation of vain


test your pronunciation of vain

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

video examples of vain pronunciation

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

“… Q squared vain the best you could do …”

meanings of vain


  1. Overly proud of oneself, especially concerning appearance; having a high opinion of one's own accomplishments with slight reason.
  2. Having no real substance, value, or importance; empty; void; worthless; unsatisfying.
  3. Effecting no purpose; pointless, futile.
  4. Showy; ostentatious.


  1. Acronym of vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia.

words with pronunciation similar to vain


Did this page help you?