from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich 1899-1977. Russian-born American writer of poetry, short stories, and novels, notably the satirical Lolita (1955).

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  • n. United States writer (born in Russia) (1899-1977)


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  • What fabNab has advised is a standard Russian pronunciation. Note that the final v is lightly devoiced, hence you (should) end up with a sound that is half-way between a v and an f.

    March 17, 2011

  • According to the writer’s own instructions, the first name rhymes with “redeemer” and the last name should be stressed on the second syllable (-bo-), which may be pronounced as I recorded it or with a long /o/ (as in “no”). — The Orthoepist

    March 16, 2011

  • Thanks for the pronunciation, chelster!

    September 30, 2010