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abalone a large sea snail that has several shiny colors on the inside of its shell. Abalone are mollusks. People eat abalone meat and make decorations from the shells.
abolitionism a movement in the United States in the 1800s whose goal was to free the people who were slaves and make slavery against the law.
aborigine one of the first people to live in an area.
accent a way of speaking a language that is typical of people from a particular area. [1/5 definitions]
activity a thing that people spend time doing. [1/2 definitions]
adage an old familiar saying that shows the wisdom of a group of people; proverb.
administration the people in charge of taking care of or managing something as a group. [1/3 definitions]
advertisement a public notice that tells people about products, services, or things that are happening.
a few a small number of things or people.
affirmative action a policy to make sure certain groups of people are given a fair chance for jobs and education. In particular, this policy is for minority groups and women who were not given these opportunities in the past. Regulations made by the U.S. government support affirmative action.
Afghan of or having to do with Afghanistan or with its people, culture, language, or the like. [1/3 definitions]
African of or having to do with Africa, or its people or languages. [1/2 definitions]
aged old people as a group. [1/3 definitions]
ageism the act of having a bad opinion of, or not treating in a fair way, a person or group of people based on age. This kind of discrimination is often against older people.
agency a company or organization that does business in support of other companies or people. An agency helps people do things that are difficult or complicated to do just by themselves. [1/3 definitions]
agreement an understanding between people or groups that states what kind of action is to be taken and what each person's responsibility will be. The document that describes this understanding is also called an agreement. [1/4 definitions]
airline a system of transportation that allows people to fly from one place to another, or a business that owns and operates the equipment to do this.
airliner a large airplane used to fly people from one place to another.
Aleut a member of a native people of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska.
alien a living being from another planet; extraterrestrial. There is no evidence that aliens exist, but many people believe there is life on other planets. [1/5 definitions]
all each of the people or things being talked about. [1/8 definitions]