How is the word "poignant" pronounced?

By Susan, Italy (13th Dec. 2006).

The first syllable "poign" rhymes with "coin" and "join"; the "g" is silent. The "a" in the final syllable is like the "a" in "china". Between the first "n" and the following "a" a new sound is inserted. It is the sound "y" as in "yet", "yes", and "yen". The main stress is on the first syllable.

When you refer to a film as being "poignant" what you mean is that it was deeply moving, and made you feel extremely sad.

A few examples.

* The sudden death of the dog was a poignant experience for the entire family.

* The movie brought back poignant memories of his childhood.

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