Definition of quiz noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kwɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kwɪz//
    (pl. quizzes) Board games
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  1. 1a competition or game in which people try to answer questions to test their knowledge a general knowledge quiz a television quiz show The quiz will be a team event organized by the local school. The magazine publishes a quiz once a month. The club has weekly quiz nights. Wordfinderchat show, documentary, drama, game show, news, programme, quiz, reality TV, sitcom, television See related entries: Board games
  2. 2(especially North American English) an informal test given to students a reading comprehension quiz see also pop quiz
  3. Word Originmid 19th cent. (as a verb; originally US): possibly from quiz ‘look curiously or intently at someone as if through an eyeglass’, influenced by inquisitive. More Aboutexams Exam is the usual word for a written, spoken or practical test at school or college, especially an important one that you need to do in order to get a qualification. Examination is a very formal word. A test is something that students might be given in addition to, or sometimes instead of, regular exams, to see how much they have learned. A very short informal test is called a quiz in North American English. Quiz in both North American English and British English also means a contest in which people try to answer questions:a trivia quiz a quiz show.Extra examples We had a pop quiz in science class today. We have a quiz night every Wednesday. a quiz about the week’s news After reading a book, students take a short reading comprehension quiz. He’s the host of a popular TV quiz show. I’m useless at general knowledge quizzes. Students should never miss a quiz or exam without notifying their class counselor. The magazine publishes a quiz about the week’s news.
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