The letter combinations œil and œill have no English equivalent: they are pronounced like the oo in "foot" plus a "y" sound. The IPA spelling is [œj], and the Lawless phonetic spelling is [ooy].
Note that œill in a multi-syllable word is pronounced [œj] but the y sound is transferred to the second syllable: for example, œillade is pronounced [œ jad].
|un œilleton||eyepiece, spyhole|
The sound [œj] is spelled œil only at the beginning of a word. Other spellings:
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