How to pronounce


The word "climate" can be broken down into sounds for pronunciation in both British and American English. Here are the IPA transcriptions for each:

  • American Pronunciation: /ˈklaɪmɪt/
    • Begins with the /ˈkl/ sound, combining a 'k' sound made at the back of the mouth and an 'l' sound by placing the tip of the tongue against the alveolar ridge.
    • Followed by the /aɪ/ sound, a long 'i' as in 'ride', with the mouth opening wide and the tongue moving high and forward.
    • Ends with the /mɪt/ sound, starting with the 'm' produced by closing the lips and allowing the voice to resonate through the nose, followed by a short 'i' sound as in 'bit', and concluding with a 't' by touching the tongue to the alveolar ridge.
  • British Pronunciation: /ˈklaɪmɪt/
    • The pronunciation is very similar to the American version, with slight variations primarily in the accent and intonation. The key phonetic components (/ˈkl/, /aɪ/, /mɪt/) are pronounced essentially the same in both accents.

Definition of


Climate (n): The weather conditions prevailing in an area in general or over a long period. It encompasses patterns of temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind, rainfall, atmospheric particle count, and other meteorological elements in a given region over long periods.

What does it mean


The word "climate" derives from the Middle English "climat," borrowed from Old French "climat," which in turn comes from Latin "clima," short for "climatis," from Greek "klima" (genitive "klimatos") meaning "region, zone," from the verb "klinein" meaning "to lean, slope." The Greek concept was based on the idea that the Earth's zones tilted toward or away from the sun, which determined the characteristics of the region's climate. The word originally referred to a geographic zone of the Earth but over time came to denote the weather conditions of such a zone. The shift from a purely geographical term to one that includes weather patterns reflects the growing understanding of the factors that influence the Earth's environments over centuries.

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