The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe Vocabulary

Instructor: Lindsey Hays

Lindsey has taught Elementary Education, Spanish immersion, and ESL. She has a MS in Elementary Education with a BA in Spanish.

This lesson highlights some of the main vocabulary in C.S. Lewis's 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe'. These words will help you understand the children's incredible adventures in Narnia.


Think back to before there were cell phones or internet or color TV. Things were different back then, including everyday language. C.S. Lewis wrote The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in 1950. Although he wrote it for children, the language he used might seem old-fashioned to you now. In this lesson, we will look at some of the important vocabulary that you need to know to understand this incredible story. For each vocabulary word, we'll look at a definition and context from the book.

Chapter 1

  • inquisitive: curious, questioning

...she felt very inquisitive and excited as well.

  • parcel: a wrapped package that is sent in the mail

...he gave such a start of surprise that he dropped all his parcels.

Chapter 2

  • melancholy: sadness, often due to thinking

'Ah!' said Mr. Tumnus in a rather melancholy voice, 'if only I had worked harder at geography...

Chapter 5

  • spiteful: acting out of mean or cruel intentions

...he decided all at once to do the meanest and most spiteful thing he could think of.

  • jeering: mocking, making rude comments

...what good do you think you'll do by jeering and nagging at her one day and encouraging her the next?

Chapters 6

  • treason: betraying someone, sometimes through overthrowing them

...the Faun Tumnus, is under arrest and awaiting his trial on a charge of High Treason against...Queen of Narnia...

Chapter 8

  • stratagem: strategy, a plan, often to attempt to outwit someone

Couldn't we have some stratagem? (This was said in response to Mrs. Beaver's comment about the difficulty in trying to save Edmund from the White Witch's castle.)

  • prophecy: a prediction

Because of another prophecy...down at Cair Paravel there are four thrones and it's a saying in Narnia time out of mind that when two Sons of Adam and two Daughters of Eve sit in those four thrones, then it will be the end not only of the White Witch's reign but of her life...

  • treacherous: describes a person who betrays, a traitor

I didn't like to mention it before (he being your brother and all) but the moment I set eyes on that brother of yours I said to myself ' Treacherous.'

Chapter 9

  • gloating: to mock, to take pleasure in another's failure

And he stood there gloating over the stone lion...

  • eerie: strange, slightly scary

To unlock this lesson you must be a Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use

Become a member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account