This is the plural of 'No', used – for example – in the parliamentary phrase 'The Noes have it' ["'People who voted 'No' are in the majority."]
This is the word that means Christmas. The name 'Noel' is dealt with later on in this table.
This is the sole representative of words that use this prefix. The Macmillan English Dictionary has matching transcription and audio. But whenever this prefix precedes a word starting with 'e+<consonant>', any of three alternatives (/əʊɪ/, /əʊe/, and /əʊi:/) is usually acceptable.
- '-soever' pronounsThese are used chiefly in rhetorical contexts and even then are sometimes considered archaic. Other such words exist in theory but are very rarely used: whencesoever, whithersoever, and whomsoever.
- macroeconomy and microelectrics
The Macmillan English Dictionary transcription has this sound, but the audio sample is /əʊe/. Either is acceptable. Some speakers use one, some use the other, and some use both (depending on the degree of formality).
The Macmillan English Dictionary transcribes this word (in British English) in two alternative ways. For the other, see the appropriate section.
- geoeconomics, microeconomic, and macroeconomic
The Macmillan English Dictionary transcription has this sound, but the audio sample in the first two of these words is /əʊe/. Either is acceptable. In the case of macroeconomic, the Macmillan English Dictionary has matching transcription and audio.
The Macmillan English Dictionary transcribes this with the unique sound /əʊi/ (with a short /i/).
- homoeopathy and homoeopathic
The Macmillan English Dictionary transcribes these words, alone among -oe- words, with a short /i/ but this is not a meaning-bearing distinction; it is simply a matter of stress.
This has already been listed in the relevant -eu- section.
- oesophagus The Macmillan English Dictionary transcription has this sound, but the audio sample presents a sound somewhere between /e/ and /ə/.
This has already been listed in the relevant -eu- section, but note that the vowel sounds of oeuvre and manoeuvre, though the words are etymologically related, are not the same.
This is the 3rd person singular of the verb do, and not the plural of the noun doe.
- OEICThe Macmillan English Dictionary transcribes this with the sound /ɔɪ/, but despite this transcription the speaker providing the audio sample spells out the abbreviation.
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