basic vocabulary

noun Linguistics.

the set of lexical items in a language that are most resistant to replacement, referring to the most common and universal elements of human experience, such as parts of the body (foot, eye), universal features of the environment (water, star), common activities (eat, sleep), and the lowest numerals.

Nearby words

  1. basic slag,
  2. basic stain,
  3. basic statement,
  4. basic steel,
  5. basic training,
  6. basic wage,
  7. basic weight,
  8. basically,
  9. basichromatic,
  10. basicity

Also called core vocabulary. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019