Category: Word of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information for all who want to increase and hone their vocabulary.

Apr
04
2016

quorum

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kwo rəm
noun
the number of members that an organization’s rules require to attend a meeting in order for voting or other business to take place.
As a quorum had not been reached, a vote on the issue was postponed.

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Apr
01
2016

regale

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rih geIl
transitive verb
1. to entertain or delight, as with humorous tales.
His friends laughed heartily as he regaled them with zany stories of his high school days.
2. to entertain with a feast.
After they regaled their guests, there was music and dancing.

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Mar
31
2016

quota

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kwo

noun
1. the part or share of something that is to be distributed to, that maximally can be distributed to, or that habitually is consumed by, an individual or group.
During the war, each family received a monthly quota of meat.
No more wine, please; I’ve had my quota for this evening.

2. a quantity of something that is required or expected from an individual or group.
The company sets production quotas for each quarter of the year.

3. an assigned number or percentage of people or things that can or must be used or admitted.
Quotas were set in the 1920s that severely restricted the number of Asian immigrants to the U.S.

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Mar
30
2016

ambrosia

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aem bro zhə
noun
1. in Greek and Roman mythology, the food or drink of the gods.
2. something sweetly pleasing in taste or smell.
3. a dessert usually made with mandarin orange slices, shredded coconut, and miniature marshmallows.

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Mar
29
2016

Titan

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taI tən
noun
1. in Greek mythology, any of a race of giant godlike beings descended from Uranus and Gaea, and eventually defeated and replaced by the Olympian gods.
2. (usu. l.c.) a person or thing of great size, power, influence, or achievement.
a titan of the publishing industry.
3. the largest satellite of the planet Saturn.

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