Definition of vocabulary
1 : a list or collection of words or of words and phrases usually alphabetically arranged and explained or defined : lexicon
2a : a sum or stock of words employed by a language, group, individual, or work or in a field of knowledgeb : 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 in a sentence
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 and Etymology of vocabulary
Medieval French vocabulaire, probably from Medieval Latin vocabularium, from neuter of vocabularius verbal, from Latin vocabulum
First Known Use: 1532
VOCABULARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vocabulary for English Language Learners
: 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
VOCABULARY Defined for Kids
Definition of vocabulary for Students
1 : a list or collection of words and their meanings
2 : the words used in a language, by a group or individual, or in relation to a subject
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