The Closing Word: Gamut

The Closing Word: GamutThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (GAM-it)

1. a complete extent or range: “a face that expressed a gamut of emotions”
2. the entire scale of musical notes

From “In the 16th century, the gamut was the lowest note on the musical scale. In music as well as life, the word has expanded to mean from high to low, or the whole range. The word is often associated with “run,” as in “run the gamut from totally excited to so terrified you’re quaking with fear.”

“Sometimes buyers want to see the entire gamut of homes currently on the market, but it’s better to tailor a selection to their real world budget.”


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