vo·​cab ˈvō-ˌkab How to pronounce vocab (audio)
: vocabulary
memorized the vocab for the quiz
Take a break from your summer read to test your vocab with this sensational and mega-addicting app.Ashley Macey
… to go with my new French vocab, I went shopping for a French personality to match.Brielle Saggese
Brush up on your math vocab. There's a chance you have not seen terms such as factor or standard deviation for a while unless you are a math major.Lauren Lambert
often used before another noun
vocab words
a vocab lesson/test

Examples of vocab in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The college application process introduces many new phrases into your vocab, like FAFSA and SAT. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 27 Mar. 2023 The main confound that comes to mind is that those from low vocab households are probably also from less intelligent households, and intelligence is heritable. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 24 Jan. 2013 One possible reason is that those with poorer vocab skills form weaker memories of the terms in the first place. Leslie Nemo, Discover Magazine, 24 Mar. 2020 One shows the mean vocab score for region and ethnicity (for whites) for those without college educations, and another shows those with college educations. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 30 Dec. 2011 That’s not in my regimen, vocab or anything like that. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Oct. 2022 Here’s a look at the basic concepts and vocab needed to become crypto savvy. Thalia Beaty, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Apr. 2022 Her workaholism, provincialism, and affinity for Starbucks strike them as trashy—or, in the one piece of foreign vocab the show drills into its English-speaking viewers, ringarde! Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 28 Dec. 2021 Music, business and your social life had a completely new set of vocab words. Kat Bein, Billboard, 22 Feb. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vocab was in 1836

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“Vocab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vocab. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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