What does vocabulary mean?

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"


  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.

  2. vocabularynoun

    The collection of words a person knows and uses.

    My Russian vocabulary is very limited.

  3. vocabularynoun

    The stock of words used in a particular field.

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

  4. vocabularynoun

    The words of a language collectively.

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

  5. vocabularynoun

    A range of artistic or stylistic forms or techniques

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


  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

  2. Vocabularynoun

    a sum or stock of words employed

  3. Etymology: [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)

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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  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. Pete Buttigieg:

    I know why hope went out of style for a while in our political vocabulary in a dark and divided moment.

  2. Amanda Stansbury:

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

  3. Booker T. Washington:

    We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.

  4. David Ogilvy:

    The most important word in the vocabulary of advertising is TEST. If you pretest your product with consumers, and pretest your advertising, you will do well in the marketplace.

  5. Jay Olson:

    The test measures divergent thinking and verbal creativity, which are important but limited aspects of overall creativity. Our task won't predict your creative culinary skills, but it will predict performance on various types of problem-solving, which suggests it is doing more than simply measuring vocabulary, still, we'll need future research to assess how our task relates to other verbal abilities or intelligence more broadly.

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