There are two pronunciations  / 'hɒstaɪl ; ˋhɑstḷ / for hostile in my dictionary.

I'm wondering which one is more common or they are different in different areas.

  • @SovereignSun but hostile is adjective.
    – dan
    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:10
  • You beat me to that adjective comment, dan, but I'd still say SovereignSun is right that both pronunciations are common. I hear both. For all I know, I've even said both, although I think I usually use the second one. Jan 24, 2018 at 4:13
  • @dan They are both common. There is also a difference when we mention either the adjective or the noun. Jan 24, 2018 at 4:13
  • @SovereignSun The noun is hostility. :) Jan 24, 2018 at 4:14
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    @SovereignSun Oh, right, I forgot about the "if you encounter any hostiles" ellipsis type of usage. I pronounce it the same way I do the adjective, though. Jan 24, 2018 at 4:34

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They are both common pronunciations. US prefers [ˈhɑs·təl] as though it were written "hostle" whereas UK prefers [ˈhɒs.taɪl]

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