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The Vocabulary Bowl

An academic competition for everyone.

Students at thousands of schools around the United States and Canada are competing in the annual Vocabulary Bowl — a competition to see which schools can master the most words.

What makes the Vocabulary Bowl so special is that every student who plays and learns on Vocabulary.com is “on the team” for their school. If they’re enrolled, they’re in. It’s that simple.

Does your school have what it takes to win? Join the competition and start mastering words today.

The Vocabulary Bowl started on October 1st, 2019 and runs through April 30th, 2020.

Are you in?

Here's how to get started.

If you are a student or educator in the United States or Canada, getting involved in the Vocabulary Bowl is as easy as signing up for a free account on Vocabulary.com and selecting your school.

Every word you (or your students) master after you sign up will add a point to your school's total, and bring your school one step closer to winning the bowl!

What's in it for you?

Aside from a better vocabulary? Lots.

After the results are tallied for the school year, winners will be announced in May 2020. The top middle school and high school will be awarded Championship Trophies at a special ceremony held at each school. The top 100 students at the winning schools will each be awarded a medal celebrating their achievement.

Trophies will also be awarded in Divisions I, II, and III to the top high school and the top middle school, and to the high school and middle school runners-up.

We also award a nifty banner to each month's winning high school and middle school, to the top ten schools in each division, and to the overall winners from every state at the end of the bowl. That's a lot of banners!

Who's eligible?

All students attending K-12 schools in the United States and Canada are eligible to participate. Simply sign up for Vocabulary.com and select your school when you create your profile. Read the full contest rules for details.

During the 2018-19 school year, students at more than 39,000 schools around the U.S. and Canada participated. This year we expect even more schools to participate as students compete to win their county, state, and national contests.

Which school will come out on top at the end of the school year? It’s anybody’s game, so get started today!

Please read our full contest rules for all eligibility details.

Recent Vocabulary Bowl News from the Vocabulary.com Blog

Schools have hit the ground running in the new year, ready to learn new words and break new records. Check out the highlights and shoutouts from the fourth month of the '19 – '20 Vocabulary Bowl season. Continue reading...
Perpetual runners-up toppled recent winners in the last month of 2019. Where does your school stack up on the Vocab Bowl leaderboards? Check out the latest highlights and shoutouts. Continue reading...
Besides the sheer volume of words mastered, this fast-moving season is already standing out for its close races and burgeoning rivalries. Where does your school stack up on the Vocab Bowl leaderboards? Check out the latest highlights and shoutouts. Continue reading...
Which schools cracked the Top 10 in their divisions? How many millions of words were mastered last month? Check out the highlights and shoutouts from the first month of the '19 – '20 Vocabulary Bowl season. It's already shaping up to be another record-breaking year! Continue reading...

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Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.