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Definitions for vocabulary
voʊˈkæb yəˌlɛr ivo·cab·u·la·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. vocabularynoun

    a listing of the words used in some enterprise

  2. vocabulary, lexicon, mental lexiconnoun

    a language user's knowledge of words

  3. vocabularynoun

    the system of techniques or symbols serving as a means of expression (as in arts or crafts)

    "he introduced a wide vocabulary of techniques"

Wiktionary

  1. vocabularynoun

    A usually alphabetized and explained collection of words e.g. of a particular field, or prepared for a specific purpose, often for learning.

    Etymology: vocabularium, vocabularius: vocabulaire. See vocable.

  2. vocabularynoun

    The collection of words a person knows and uses.

    My Russian vocabulary is very limited.

    Etymology: vocabularium, vocabularius: vocabulaire. See vocable.

  3. vocabularynoun

    The stock of words used in a particular field.

    The vocabulary of social sciences is often incomprehensible to ordinary people.

    Etymology: vocabularium, vocabularius: vocabulaire. See vocable.

  4. vocabularynoun

    The words of a language collectively.

    The vocabulary of any language is influenced by contacts with other cultures.

    Etymology: vocabularium, vocabularius: vocabulaire. See vocable.

  5. vocabularynoun

    A range of artistic or stylistic forms or techniques

    Etymology: vocabularium, vocabularius: vocabulaire. See vocable.

Wikipedia

  1. Vocabulary

    A vocabulary is a set of familiar words within a person's language. A vocabulary, usually developed with age, serves as a useful and fundamental tool for communication and acquiring knowledge. Acquiring an extensive vocabulary is one of the largest challenges in learning a second language.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vocabularynoun

    a list or collection of words arranged in alphabetical order and explained; a dictionary or lexicon, either of a whole language, a single work or author, a branch of science, or the like; a word-book

    Etymology: [LL. vocabularium, vocabularius: cf. F. vocabulaire. See Vocable.]

  2. Vocabularynoun

    a sum or stock of words employed

    Etymology: [LL. vocabularium, vocabularius: cf. F. vocabulaire. See Vocable.]

Freebase

  1. Vocabulary

    A person's vocabulary is the set of words within a language that are familiar to that person. A vocabulary usually develops with age, and serves as a useful and fundamental tool for communication and acquiring knowledge. Acquiring an extensive vocabulary is one of the largest challenges in learning a second language.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Vocabulary

    The sum or the stock of words used by a language, a group, or an individual. (From Webster, 3d ed)

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. vocabulary

    The system of naval signals based on Sir Home Popham's improvements.

Editors Contribution

  1. vocabulary

    The accurate, natural and intuitive known words to communicate and express a specific language in line with the universes truth and the collective plan for the evolution of humanity.

    Our vocabulary is important for us to express truthfully how we feel and to have the freedom to express that truth naturally.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 2, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'vocabulary' in Nouns Frequency: #2574

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vocabulary in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vocabulary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of vocabulary in a Sentence

  1. Roger McGuinn:

    No one realized that I needed eyeglasses until I was 12 years old. My parents were writers, so I was around the sounds of words and developed a vocabulary with my sense of hearing. I play guitar by ear.

  2. Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay:

    Language, the machine of the poet, is best fitted for his purpose in its rudest state. Nations, like individuals, first perceive, and then abstract. They advance from particular images to general terms. Hence the vocabulary of an enlightened society is philosophical, that of a half-civilized people is poetical.

  3. Shelley Anderson:

    A cenotaph, a vocabulary word I learned from the governor of Texas ... When you put up a headstone, but there's no actual body buried, it's called a cenotaph.

  4. Jules Feiffer:

    I used to think I was poor. Then they told me I wasn't poor, I was needy. They told me it was self-defeating to think of myself as needy, I was deprived. Then they told me underprivileged was overused. I was disadvantaged. I still don't have a dime. But I have a great vocabulary.

  5. Amanda Stansbury:

    If Vincent Janik have a bigger vocabulary Vincent Janik can communicate about more content.

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