Simple Definition of vocabulary
: 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
Full Definition of vocabulary
1 : a list or collection of words or of words and phrases usually alphabetically arranged and explained or defined : lexicon
2 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)
3 : a supply of expressive techniques or devices (as of an art form)
Examples of vocabulary
the basic vocabulary of English
She has learned a lot of new vocabulary.
He has a somewhat limited vocabulary.
Reading helped to expand her vocabulary.
the vocabulary of the art world
The Internet has given us a whole new vocabulary.
Origin of vocabulary
Middle French vocabulaire, probably from Medieval Latin vocabularium, from neuter of vocabularius verbal, from Latin vocabulum
First Known Use: 1532
Rhymes with vocabulary
apothecary, bicentenary, confectionary, confectionery, consigliere, constabulary, contemporary, deflationary, disciplinary, discretionary, diversionary, epistolary, exclusionary, expansionary, extemporary, extraordinary, fiduciary, hereditary, illusionary, imaginary, incendiary, inflationary, insanitary, intercalary, involuntary, itinerary, judiciary, lending library, marionberry, obituary, olallieberry, on the contrary, pecuniary, pituitary, precautionary, preliminary, presidiary, probationary, proprietary, provisionary, reactionary, subliterary, subsidiary, tercentenary, unnecessary, veterinary, voluptuary
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