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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/
  • Hyphenation: vo‧cab‧u‧lary


vocabulary (countable and uncountable, plural vocabularies)

  1. A usually alphabetized and explained collection of words e.g. of a particular field, or prepared for a specific purpose, often for learning.
  2. The collection of words a person knows and uses.
    My Russian vocabulary is very limited.
  3. The stock of words used in a particular field.
    The vocabulary of social sciences is often incomprehensible to ordinary people.
  4. The words of a language collectively; lexis.
    The vocabulary of any language is influenced by contacts with other cultures.
  5. (by extension) A range of artistic or stylistic forms or techniques.


  • clavis
  • glossary
  • idioticon
  • word-stock

Coordinate terms

  • dictionary
  • lexicon
  • wordhoard

Derived terms

  • defining vocabulary
  • controlled vocabulary
  • extended vocabulary

Related terms

  • vocable
  • vocal


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