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

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of vocabulary

plural

vocabularies

  1. 1 :  a list or collection of words or of words and phrases usually alphabetically arranged and explained or defined :  lexicon

  2. 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. 3 :  a supply of expressive techniques or devices (as of an art form)

Examples of vocabulary in a sentence

  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.



Origin and Etymology of vocabulary

Middle French vocabulaire, probably from Medieval Latin vocabularium, from neuter of vocabularius verbal, from Latin vocabulum


First Known Use: 1532

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VOCABULARY Defined for Kids

vocabulary

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

Definition of vocabulary for Students

plural

vocabularies

  1. 1 :  a list or collection of words and their meanings

  2. 2 :  the words used in a language, by a group or individual, or in relation to a subject





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