noun (plural -laries) Etymology: Middle French vocabulaire, probably from Medieval Latin vocabularium, from neuter of vocabularius verbal, from Latin vocabulum Date: 1532 1. a list or collection of words or of words and phrases usually alphabetically arranged and explained or defined ; lexicon 2. a. a sum or stock of words employed by a language, group, individual, or work or in a field of knowledge b. a list or collection of terms or codes available for use (as in an indexing system) 3. a supply of expressive techniques or devices (as of an art form)

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