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From French vocabulaire, borrowed from Late Latin vocābulārium. See vocable.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /vəʊˈkabjʊləɹɪ/, /vəˈkabjʊləɹɪ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /voʊˈkæbjəlɛɹi/, /vəˈkæbjəlɛɹi/
Audio (US) (file)
- Hyphenation: vo‧cab‧u‧lary
vocabulary (countable and uncountable, plural vocabularies)
- A usually alphabetized and explained collection of words e.g. of a particular field, or prepared for a specific purpose, often for learning.
- The collection of words a person knows and uses.
- My Russian vocabulary is very limited.
- The stock of words used in a particular field.
- The vocabulary of social sciences is often incomprehensible to ordinary people.
- The words of a language collectively; lexis.
- The vocabulary of any language is influenced by contacts with other cultures.
- 2018, Clarence Green; James Lambert, “Advancing disciplinary literacy through English for academic purposes: Discipline-specific wordlists, collocations and word families for eight secondary subjects”, in Journal of English for Academic Purposes, volume 35, DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeap.2018.07.004, page 106:
- Vocabulary provides a foundation from which grammar, phonology, and morphology emerge, and in a subject area it provides access to conceptual knowledge. Vocabulary selection for pedagogical purposes is therefore crucial.
- (by extension) A range of artistic or stylistic forms or techniques.
list of words
set of words a person knows
stock of words used in a particular field
words of a language collectively
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Translations to be checked
- English terms derived from Proto-Indo-European
- English terms derived from the Proto-Indo-European root *wekʷ-
- English terms borrowed from French
- English terms derived from French
- English terms borrowed from Late Latin
- English terms derived from Late Latin
- English 5-syllable words
- English terms with IPA pronunciation
- English terms with audio links
- English lemmas
- English nouns
- English uncountable nouns
- English countable nouns
- English terms with quotations