What does vocabulary mean?

Definitions for vocabularyvoʊˈkæb yəˌlɛr i

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word vocabulary.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vocabulary(noun)

    a listing of the words used in some enterprise

  2. vocabulary, lexicon, mental lexicon(noun)

    a language user's knowledge of words

  3. vocabulary(noun)

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

    "he introduced a wide vocabulary of techniques"


  1. vocabulary(Noun)

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

  2. vocabulary(Noun)

    The collection of words a person knows and uses.

    My Russian vocabulary is very limited.

  3. vocabulary(Noun)

    The stock of words used in a particular field.

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

  4. vocabulary(Noun)

    The words of a language collectively.

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

  5. vocabulary(Noun)

    A range of artistic or stylistic forms or techniques

  6. Origin: vocabularium, vocabularius: vocabulaire. See vocable.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vocabulary(noun)

    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

  2. Vocabulary(noun)

    a sum or stock of words employed

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


  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)

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Stephen Colbert:

    We had no vocabulary for what you showed us.

  2. Amos Bronson Alcott:

    STAY is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.

  3. Jeff Hancock:

    Winning is not in his vocabulary. We put him in smaller races so that he could finish.

  4. Dr. Robert Schuller:

    Yes, you can be a dreamer and a doer too, if you will remove one word from your vocabulary impossible.

  5. Nikki Haley:

    I love the fact that she said she was inspired by her mom because 'can't' was never in her vocabulary.

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