Vocabulary vs. Lexis

By Jaxson

  • Vocabulary

    A vocabulary is a set of familiar words within a person’s language. A vocabulary, usually developed with age, serves as a useful and fundamental tool for communication and acquiring knowledge. Acquiring an extensive vocabulary is one of the largest challenges in learning a second language.

  • Vocabulary (noun)

    A usually alphabetized and explained collection of words e.g. of a particular field, or prepared for a specific purpose, often for learning.

  • Vocabulary (noun)

    The collection of words a person knows and uses.

    “My Russian vocabulary is very limited.”

  • Vocabulary (noun)

    The stock of words used in a particular field.

    “The vocabulary of social sciences is often incomprehensible to ordinary people.”

  • Vocabulary (noun)

    The words of a language collectively.

    “The vocabulary of any language is influenced by contacts with other cultures.”

  • Vocabulary (noun)

    A range of artistic or stylistic forms or techniques

  • Lexis (noun)

    The set of all words and phrases in a language.

  • Lexis (noun)

    Words, collocations, and common phrases in a language; vocabulary and word combinations.

  • Lexis (noun)

    The vocabulary used by a writer

    “In this broadsheet newspaper, the reporter uses a complicated and formal lexis which I find hard to understand.”


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