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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [at-awl, -ol, -ohl, uh-tawl, uh-tol, uh-tohl]
    • /ˈæt ɔl, -ɒl, -oʊl, əˈtɔl, əˈtɒl, əˈtoʊl/
    • /ˈæt.ɒl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [at-awl, -ol, -ohl, uh-tawl, uh-tol, uh-tohl]
    • /ˈæt ɔl, -ɒl, -oʊl, əˈtɔl, əˈtɒl, əˈtoʊl/

Definitions of atoll word

  • countable noun atoll An atoll is a ring of coral rock, or a group of coral islands surrounding a lagoon. 3
  • noun atoll a circular coral reef or string of coral islands surrounding a lagoon 3
  • noun atoll a ring-shaped coral island nearly or completely surrounding a lagoon 3
  • abbreviation Definition of ATOLL in Technology Acceptance, Test Or Launch Language 3
  • noun atoll a ring-shaped coral reef or a string of closely spaced small coral islands, enclosing or nearly enclosing a shallow lagoon. 1
  • noun atoll A ring-shaped reef, island, or chain of islands formed of coral. 1

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Origin of atoll

First appearance:

before 1615
One of the 41% oldest English words
1615-25; earlier atollon < French: a word used in early descriptions of the Maldive Island atolls; said to be Divehi (Indo-Aryan language of the Maldives) atoḷu

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Parts of speech for Atoll


atoll popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

atoll usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for atoll

noun atoll

  • reef — a part of a sail that is rolled and tied down to reduce the area exposed to the wind.
  • isle — a small island.
  • island — a tract of land completely surrounded by water, and not large enough to be called a continent.
  • coral reef — A coral reef is a long narrow mass of coral and other substances, the top of which is usually just above or just below the surface of the sea.
  • islet — a very small island.

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