TOEFL® Word of the Year
English Language Month

We Have a Winner!

The votes are in! We are excited to announce that the 2018 TOEFL® Word of the Year is Integrity!

Thank you to English language learners around the world who voted for their favorite word. Your participation helped make the English Language Month celebration a huge success! See you next year.

Final Results

See the Nominees >

Best of the Rest

Who is going head-to-head in our Best of the Rest match-up? Meet the contenders, cast your vote, and share with friends to decide the winner.

We have a winner!

The Best Academic Word is Significant

Thank you to everyone who voted!

Context

[kon-tekst]

The situation in which something happens.

Fun Fact The word context comes from the past participle of the Latin word contexere meaning “to weave together.”

Vote!
vs.

Significant

[sig-nif-i-kuh nt]

Large enough to be noticed or have an effect.

Fun Fact The word significant dates all the way back to the 1570s!

Vote!

We have a winner!

The Best Pop Culture Word is Humblebrag

Thank you to everyone who voted! Stay tuned next week to vote for our next winner, the Best Borrowed Word!

Hangry

[hang-gree]

Bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger.

Fun Fact The first recorded use of the blended word (hungry and angry) was in The London Magazine in 1992.

vs.

Humblebrag

[huhm-buh l-brag]

To say something you are very proud of in a way that makes it appear as if you are complaining or embarrassed.

Fun Fact Humblebrag was officially added to the dictionary in 2017.

We have a winner!

The Best Borrowed Word is Guru

Thank you to everyone who voted! Stay tuned next week to vote for our next winner, the Best Academic Word!

Entrepreneur

[ahn-truh-pruh-nur]

Somebody who starts a business.

Origin: France

Fun Fact Other forms of the word include the noun, “entrepreneurship” and the adjective, “entrepreneurial.”

Vote!
vs.

Guru

[goo r-oo]

A person who has a lot of experience in or knowledge about a particular subject.

Origin: India

Fun Fact In Hinduism, a guru is a personal spiritual teacher.

Vote!

English Practice

Now that you have chosen your winning words, explore more free prep materials! Check out our blog and watch test taker advice on how to get ready for test day. A little extra practice can make all the difference!

Blog Posts

3 Reasons Why Learning English is Worth Your Time

3 Reasons Why Learning English is Worth Your Time

Did you know English is the official language of 60 countries? In a world where English is…

Read More
8 Difficult, Yet Commonly Used, Words

8 Difficult, Yet Commonly Used, Words

The world of words is huge, so it’s important to narrow down the ones you want to learn. Vocabulary.com has compiled a list of the…

Read More
Five Fun Ways to Practice Your English

Five Fun Ways to Practice Your English

Traditional study methods, like flash cards and practice tests, are great ways to prepare for the TOEFL® test, but sometimes you…

Read More

Watch & Practice

Zippy

Practice English by Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone | My TOEFL® Success Story

Worried about speaking English abroad? Zippy from India took the TOEFL® test and…

Go Watch
Veronika

Practicing English: Make Every Minute Count | My TOEFL® Success Story

Finding time to practice English doesn’t have to be a challenge. Veronika, a TOEFL®

Go Watch
Welcome to the Great Grammar Challenge!

TOEFL Prep game: Great Grammar Challenge

Prep for the TOEFL® test and practice your English grammar skills with this fun prep…

Go Play