noun (plural vocabularies)
- 1The body of words used in a particular language.More example sentences
word power, lexicon, command of language• informal vocab
- Just as the vocabulary of a language changes from age to age, so the vocabularies of different languages are distinct in their systems, uses, and references.
- It involves comparison to reconstruct, if you like, the ancient vocabularies that present-day languages are derived from.
- It is often said that the vocabulary of a language is an inventory of the items a culture talks about and has categorized in order to make sense of the world.
- 1.1Words used on a particular occasion or in a particular sphere: the vocabulary of law the term became part of business vocabularyMore example sentences
- As an added bonus, I realised, new falconers get to learn a vocabulary of Medieval English for free.
- On some occasions, the vocabulary that she employs in her response to Derrida is recriminatory.
- Prior to entering, she studied concepts such as defining her business and its services, learning basic business vocabulary, and marketing and management.
- 1.2The body of words known to an individual person: he had a wide vocabularyMore example sentences
- Of all writers, he discovers, Shakespeare has the widest vocabulary relating to the varieties of weeds found in rural Warwickshire.
- Standards in English could be higher if children used a wider vocabulary and more complex sentences in their oral and written work.
- This was the day that the word contemplative entered my vocabulary, giving shape to the way I wanted to live my life.
- 1.3A list of difficult or unfamiliar words with an explanation of their meanings, accompanying a piece of specialist or foreign-language text.More example sentences
- It was right there, the third word in the weekly vocabulary list our teacher had just handed out.
- It includes sample text, grammar and vocabulary lists and more for 1,445 languages.
- He compiled the vocabulary by taking words from English, French, German and Latin.
- 1.4A range of artistic or stylistic forms, techniques, or movements: dance companies have their own vocabularies of movementMore example sentences
- Like his Judson colleagues, his choreography eschewed an advanced dance technique, and he incorporated everyday movements into his vocabulary.
- A visionary, she developed a new and wholly unique dance technique and vocabulary of steps and movements.
- And though the movement vocabulary was unmistakably balletic, the visual appeal of the work may more often be associated with rock music videos.
mid 16th century (denoting a list of words with definitions or translations): from medieval Latin vocabularius, from Latin vocabulum (see vocable).