New Vocabulary

Look here for words you need to know to read the study guides.

Browse the glossary using this index

Special | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z | ALL



a person who is competing to be elected to a government office.

Example:  There are two major candidates for President:  Barack Obama and John McCain.


a person who goes to live in a colony.

Example:  Many colonists came to America for religious freedom.


a country or region that is controlled by a more powerful, and often far away, country.

Example:  Virginia was the first British colony in America.


The supreme (or highest) law of the land.  The Constitution sets up the government of the United States and protects the basic rights of the American people.


a large formal meeting of people.

Example:  The Republican National Convention was held in St. Paul in September, 2008.


at the present time (now), or the most recent.

Example:  The current Governor of Minnesota is Tim Pawlenty.  (He is Governor now.)