4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 30: The Mad Hatter
- amber [ˈæmbər] n.
Amber is a hard, yellowish material that comes from trees.
→ The necklace was made from pieces of amber.
- charcoal [ˈtʃɑːrkoul] n.
Charcoal is a black material that is used as fuel for fire.
→ There was burnt charcoal left on the ground from an old fire.
- columnist [ˈkɒləmnist] n.
A columnist is a writer who creates articles about a particular subject.
→ The columnist won praise for his articles about life on the farm.
- courteous [ˈkəːrtiəs] adj.
When someone is courteous, they are polite and respectful.
→ The mother asked her family to be courteous to their guests.
- credentials [kriˈdenʃəlz] n.
Credentials are the proof of someone’s experience or ability to do something.
→ The mechanic hung his credentials on his office wall.
- cricket [ˈkrikit] n.
A cricket is an insect that makes loud noises, usually at night.
→ In the country, we could see the stars and hear the crickets at night.
- delta [ˈdeltə] n.
A delta is flat area where a river splits into smaller rivers that flow into the sea.
→ The archeologists found many ancient materials in the delta of the Nile River.
- detergent [diˈtəːrdʒənt] n.
Detergent is soap that is used to clean clothes or dishes.
→ My brother added too much detergent to the wash, and bubbles got all over the floor.
- euphemism [ˈjuːfəmizəm] n.
A euphemism is a term that is used in place of a mean or unpleasant word.
→ “Window maintenance officer” is a euphemism for a window washer.
- expire [iksˈpaiər] v.
To expire is to no longer be effective because its use has come to an end.
→ The man’s driver’s license was going to expire in two days.
- granite [ˈgrænit] n.
Granite is a very hard type of rock that is often black or pink.
→ The kitchen counter was made of granite.
- gravel [ˈgrævəl] n.
Gravel is a combination of small stones mixed with sand.
→ The ground around the swing set was covered with gravel.
- haunt [hɔːnt] v.
To haunt is to cause problems or negative thoughts over a long period of time.
→ His thoughts about his scary dream haunted him for weeks.
- liberal [ˈlibərəl] adj.
When someone is liberal, they accept different ideas and people.
→ My grandparents aren’t as liberal as my parents.
- maze [meiz] n.
A maze is a system of paths that is complicated and easy to get lost in.
→ We got lost in the maze in the garden.
- moss [mɔ(:)s] n.
Moss is a small green or yellow plant that grows on wet dirt, rocks, or tree trunks.
→ Be careful not to slip on the moss that’s covering those rocks.
- pebble [ˈpebəl] n.
A pebble is a small, round stone.
→ We threw pebbles into the lake to make the water splash.
- peck [pek] v.
When a bird pecks, it bites or hits something with its beak.
→ The birds pecked at the seeds on the ground.
- reservoir [ˈrezərvwɑːr] n.
A reservoir is a place for storing water for a town to use.
→ If it doesn’t rain soon, the reservoir is going to dry up completely.
- streak [striːk] n.
A streak is a long, thin mark that is easy to see.
→ Her hair was brown except for a streak which she dyed blonde.