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⟨eo⟩ is a vowel digraph that occurs in English, albeit rarely.

"eo" as one syllable[edit | edit source]

Phoneme Example word(s)
ꜰʟᴇᴇᴄᴇ vowel phoneme /iː/ people
ᴅʀᴇꜱꜱ vowel phoneme /e/ Leonard, leopard, jeopardy

Note that the combination of ⟨ge⟩ + vowel superficially appears to be ⟨g⟩ + ⟨eo⟩. Words that include this include George, Georgia, Geoffrey, dungeon, luncheon, surgeon, advantageous, courageous, gorgeous, outrageous, righteous, etc.

"eo" in two different syllables[edit | edit source]

⟨eo⟩ occurs quite commonly across syllable boundaries, when, by definition, it’s not a digraph:

  • /iːəʊ/: deodorant, Leo, Romeo, stereo, video
  • /iːɒ/: neon
disciplines: archeologyAmE, choreography, geography, geology, geometry, theology
  • /iːə/: Leonardo, leotard
  • "eou" as /iːə/: courteous, erroneous, hideous, homogeneous, instantaneous, miscellaneous, simultaneous, spontaneous
Compound words
  • moreover, someone

Variant pronunciations[edit | edit source]

  • chameleon /kəˈmiːliːən, kəˈmiːljən/
  • meteor /ˈmiːtiːər, ˈmiːtiːɔːr/
  • nauseous /ˈnɔːziːəs, ˈnɔːsiːəs,BrE ˈnɔːʃəsAmE/
  • /ɪə,BrE iːəAmE/: theorem, theoretical, theory
  • /ɪ, ə/: pigeon

Homophones[edit | edit source]

  • pidgin, pigeon

Respellings[edit | edit source]

  • Def Leppard
  • “Lenny" is a nickname for “Leonard"