vocabulary


vocabulary
vocabulary (n.) 1530s, "list of words with explanations," from M.L. vocabularium "a list of words," from L. vocabulum "word, name, noun," from vocare "to name, call" (see VOICE (Cf. voice)). Meaning "range of language of a person or group" is first attested 1753.

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  • vocabulary — [vō kab′yə ler΄ē] n. pl. vocabularies [ML vocabularium < L vocabulum, a word: see VOCABLE] 1. a list of words and, often, phrases, abbreviations, inflectional forms, etc., usually arranged in alphabetical order and defined or otherwise… …   English World dictionary

  • Vocabulary — Vo*cab u*la*ry (v[ o]*k[a^]b [ u]*l[asl]*r[y^]), n.; pl. {Vocabularies}. [LL. vocabularium, vocabularius: cf. F. vocabulaire. See {Vocable}.] 1. A list or collection of words arranged in alphabetical order and explained; a dictionary or lexicon,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vocabulary — index language, parlance, phraseology Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • vocabulary — *language, phraseology, diction, phrasing, style …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • vocabulary — [n] language of a person or people cant, dictionary, glossary, jargon, lexicon, palaver, phraseology, terminology, thesaurus, wordbook, word hoard*, words, word stock*; concepts 276,280 …   New thesaurus

  • vocabulary — ► NOUN (pl. vocabularies) 1) the body of words used in a particular language or in a particular sphere. 2) the body of words known to an individual person. 3) a list of words with an explanation of their meanings. 4) a range of artistic or… …   English terms dictionary

  • vocabulary */ — UK [vəʊˈkæbjʊlərɪ] / US [voʊˈkæbjəˌlerɪ] noun Word forms vocabulary : singular vocabulary plural vocabularies 1) [countable/uncountable] all the words that a person knows a wide vocabulary (= knowledge of a large number of words): He has a wide… …   English dictionary

  • vocabulary — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ big, extensive, large, rich, wide ▪ English has a rich vocabulary and literature. ▪ Try to develop a wide vocabulary. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • vocabulary — vo|cab|u|lar|y [ vou kæbjə,leri ] noun * 1. ) count or uncount all the words that a person knows: a limited vocabulary: Her grammar isn t bad, but she has a limited vocabulary. a wide vocabulary (=knowledge of a large number of words): He has a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • vocabulary — n. 1) to command a vocabulary 2) to build, develop, enlarge one s vocabulary 3) an extensive, huge, large, rich vocabulary 4) a meager, restricted, small vocabulary 5) a basic; technical vocabulary 6) an active; passive vocabulary * * * [və… …   Combinatory dictionary


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