- the stock of words used by or known to a particular people or group of persons: His French vocabulary is rather limited. The scientific vocabulary is constantly growing.
- a list or collection of the words or phrases of a language, technical field, etc., usually arranged in alphabetical order and defined: Study the vocabulary in the fourth chapter.
- the words of a language.
- any collection of signs or symbols constituting a means or system of nonverbal communication: vocabulary of a computer.
- any more or less specific group of forms characteristic of an artist, a style of art, architecture, or the like.
Origin of vocabulary
Related Words for vocabularyglossary, jargon, terminology, dictionary, lexicon, thesaurus, cant, words, palaver, phraseology, wordbook, word-hoard
Examples from the Web for vocabulary
Contemporary Examples of vocabulary
My Arabic is limited to a vocabulary of my favorite foods, such as “I love chicken and rice.”Middle East Goes Monty Python on ISIS
October 29, 2014
In an uncanny way, that describes the precise definition of the hipster, when the term first appeared in the American vocabulary.Why Do We Hate Hipsters So F'ing Much?
July 13, 2014
Here, the vocabulary of fast food for many young Brazilians is temaki (hand rolls) instead of burgers and fries.Meet the Chef Fighting to Ensure That Brazilians Will Never Be as Fat as Americans
June 25, 2014
Without the freedom to act on moral values, there is not even a vocabulary for public virtue.Government Has Made America Inept
Philip K. Howard
May 4, 2014
You have to have discipline in the words you use, in your vocabulary.Bill Nye on ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ Fabulous Things & Being Popular
October 7, 2013
Historical Examples of vocabulary
But it also serves to bring us finally to the vocabulary of Esmond.De Libris: Prose and Verse
But the shock to her feelings had loosed the good woman's vocabulary.
It was curious how the sense of evil had limited each one's vocabulary.
Chance is a word which ought to be banished from the Christian vocabulary.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
For every man there is something in the vocabulary that would stick to him like a second skin.The Devil's Dictionary
- a listing, either selective or exhaustive, containing the words and phrases of a language, with meanings or translations into another language; glossary
- the aggregate of words in the use or comprehension of a specified person, class, profession, etc
- all the words contained in a language
- a range or system of symbols, qualities, or techniques constituting a means of communication or expression, as any of the arts or craftsa wide vocabulary of textures and colours
Word Origin for vocabulary
1530s, "list of words with explanations," from Medieval Latin vocabularium "a list of words," from Latin vocabulum "word, name, noun," from vocare "to name, call" (see voice (n.)). Meaning "range of language of a person or group" is first attested 1753.