Vocabulary definition

vō-kăbyə-lĕrē
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All the words of a language.
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A list of words and often phrases, usually arranged alphabetically and defined or translated; a lexicon or glossary.
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A supply of expressive means; a repertoire of communication.

A dancer's vocabulary of movement.

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A list of words and, often, phrases, abbreviations, inflectional forms, etc., usually arranged in alphabetical order and defined or otherwise identified, as in a dictionary or glossary.
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All the words of a language.
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The sum of words used by, understood by, or at the command of a particular person or group.
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The collection of words a person knows and uses.

My Russian vocabulary is very limited.

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The stock of words used in a particular field.

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

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Vocabulary is the all the language and words either used or understood by a person or group of people.

An example of vocabulary is all the words that a toddler understands.

An example of vocabulary is the language used by doctors.

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An interrelated group of nonverbal symbols, signs, gestures, etc. used for communication or expression in a particular art, skill, etc.
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All the words recognized and understood, although not necessarily used, by a particular person.
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All the words used by a particular person, socioeconomic group, profession, etc.
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A usually alphabetized and explained collection of words e.g. of a particular field, or prepared for a specific purpose, often for learning.
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A range of artistic or stylistic forms or techniques.
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The words of a language collectively.

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

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
vocabulary
Plural:
vocabularies

Origin of vocabulary

  • French vocabulaire from Old French from Medieval Latin vocābulārium from neuter of vocābulārius of words from Latin vocābulum name vocable

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Late Latin vocabularium, vocabularius: French vocabulaire. See vocable.

    From Wiktionary