noun vo·cab·u·lary \vō-ˈka-byə-ˌler-ē, və-\

: the words that make up a language

: all of the words known and used by a person

: words that are related to a particular subject

plural vo·cab·u·lar·ies

Full Definition of VOCABULARY

:  a list or collection of words or of words and phrases usually alphabetically arranged and explained or defined :  lexicon
a :  a sum or stock of words employed by a language, group, individual, or work or in a field of knowledge
b :  a list or collection of terms or codes available for use (as in an indexing system)
:  a supply of expressive techniques or devices (as of an art form)

Examples of VOCABULARY

  1. the basic vocabulary of English
  2. She has learned a lot of new vocabulary.
  3. He has a somewhat limited vocabulary.
  4. Reading helped to expand her vocabulary.
  5. the vocabulary of the art world
  6. The Internet has given us a whole new vocabulary.


Middle French vocabulaire, probably from Medieval Latin vocabularium, from neuter of vocabularius verbal, from Latin vocabulum
First Known Use: 1532

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile
VOCABULARIES Defined for Kids


noun vo·cab·u·lary \vō-ˈka-byə-ˌler-ē\
plural vo·cab·u·lar·ies

Definition of VOCABULARY for Kids

:  a list or collection of words and their meanings
:  the words used in a language, by a group or individual, or in relation to a subject


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