Fifty-cent Words: A Vocabulary Words Quiz

If you know the definitions for even half these vocabulary words, give yourself an A+.

Match the terms below with their definitions. See the bottom of this post for the answers.

1. Apercu (pronounced: a per SOO)
2. Concomitant (pronounced: kahn KAH muh tuhnt)
3. Habitué (pronounced: hu BI choo ay)
4. Lagniappe (pronounced: LAN yap)
5. Nabob (pronounced: NAY bob)
6. Paucity (pronounced: PAW suh tee)
7. Peregrinations (pronounced: pe ruh gri NAY shunz)
8. Raconteur (pronounced: ra kahn TER)
9. Tendentious (pronounced: ten DEN shuhs)
10. Verisimilitude (pronounced: ve ruh si MI luh tood)

A. An item given free to a customer with the purchase of another item
B. Journeys
C. A small amount or insufficiency
D. The appearance of being true or real
E. Having a definite tendency, bias or purpose
F. Accompanying; attendant
G. A person who excels at telling stories
H. A very rich or important person
I. A person who frequents a particular place
J. A quick impression or insight

(Scroll the page so you can’t see the answers until you’re ready.)




1J, 2F, 3I, 4A, 5H, 6C, 7B, 8G, 9E, 10D

Also, you might want to try Vocabulary Quiz: More 50-cent Words.


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7 Responses to “Fifty-cent Words: A Vocabulary Words Quiz”

  1. Yay, I got 7 right. Remembering my days of studying the French language really helped here.

    I love your site and will subscribe. It’s a great topic for a blog. I have three blogs myself. Stop by and say hi.

  2. Windyridge, you did great on that. I wrote the darn quiz and sometimes even I forget the definitions. 😉

    I just visited your wool/knitting blog, left a comment and subscribed. I’ll check out your other blogs too!

  3. Learning new words is a sort of hobby for me…but managed only six from your “test” … that is not too good.
    I have started writing a blog on some (preferably long!) words, each post concentrating on a particular word since last month. You might want to check it out.
    Feels great to see others who are really interested in words!

  4. I checked out your blog. Fantastic! Thanks to a fellow word lover for a job well done.

  5. Ooh yay I got 6 correct!

  6. Holy cow! I got all 10 of these right. To be fair, I only knew 4 of them for sure, and educated-guessed the rest, but still… WOW!

  7. Good job, Jason. I’m not sure I could have done as well if I didn’t have the reference book the words came from!