Date: 1000-1100
Language: Old Norse
Origin: skor 'mark cut into a surface, count, twenty'


1 noun
Related topics: Music, Sport
score1 S3 W2 [countable]

in a game

DS the number of points that each team or player has won in a game or competition:
At half-time the score was one-all.
What's the score?
Is anybody keeping score (=making a record of the score)?
The final score was Southampton two, Leeds United nil.
score of
a score of 3-2

in a test or experiment

a) the number of points a student has earned for correct answers in a test:
The school's test scores have not improved.
score of
a score of 90%
b) the number of points that a person or group of people gets in a scientific test or experiment
score of
He had an IQ score of 120.


APM a written or printed copy of a piece of music, especially for a large group of performers, or the music itself:
a musical score
Who wrote the score for the movie?

on that score

spoken concerning the particular thing you have just mentioned:
As for the cost, you don't need to worry on that score.

know the score

informal to know the real facts of a situation, including any unpleasant ones:
We are trying to attract managers who know the score.

settle a score

to do something to harm or hurt someone who has harmed or hurt you in the past:
Jack came back after five years to settle some old scores.


a mark that has been cut onto a surface with a sharp tool:
deep scores in the wood

Dictionary results for "score"
Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.