The Hunger Games Glossary

Explore the terms inside Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy, with detailed explanations of each.

The Hunger Games Glossary
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  • Arena
    The arena is the treacherous site of the Hunger Games. Transforming into a new landscape every year, the arena poses new and dangerous challenges to the tributes of the Hunger Games.
  • Avox
    An Avox is a person who has been punished by the government of Panem for rebellion, treachery, or desertion.
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  • Bloodbath
    The bloodbath is a gory event that takes place at the beginning of every Hunger Games. Most often, a large number of tributes are killed in pursuit of weapons and supplies during the bloodbath.
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  • Career Tributes
    Career Tributes, known simply as "the Careers" are tributes who train throughout their lives to participate in the Hunger Games.
  • Cornucopia
    The Cornucopia in 'The Hunger Games' is a giant horn filled with all kinds of food in the center of the arena for the tributes to fight over.
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  • District 12
    District 12 is the smallest and the poorest district among the 13 districts of the nation of Panem.
  • District 13
    District 13 is one of the districts of the nation of Panem. It acted as an independent nation for 75 years before the Second Rebellion.
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  • Escort
    An escort is a citizen of the Capitol appointed to take care of the tributes' schedules during the Hunger Games.
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  • Jabberjay
    Jabberjays are genetically engineered birds that were created by the Capitol to spy on the rebels during the First Rebellion.
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  • Mentor
    Mentors are previous victors that are mandated to train new tributes in the Hunger Games. The role of a mentor is highly significant and can often contribute to the tribute's survival in the Hunger Games.
  • Muggle
    Muggles are non-magic people who form the majority of the population in the world. Unlike wizards and witches in the Harry Potter Universe, Muggles have no magical abilities.
  • Muttations
    Muttations are genetically modified animals created for various purposes by the Capitol.
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  • Peacekeepers
    Peacekeepers are the military force that is tasked with the duties of law enforcement in the nation of Panem.
  • Peeta Mellark
    Peeta Mellark is the deuteragonist of the Hunger Games trilogy and Katniss' fellow tribute from District 12 in the 74th and 75th Hunger Games.
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  • Sponsor
    The Hunger Games consist of sponsors, i.e., citizens and people of the districts who donate gifts to the tributes in the arena.
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  • Capitol
    The Capitol of Panem in the Hunger Games is a technologically advanced, utopian city where the nation's most wealthy and powerful citizens live.
  • Districts
    The Hunger Games series was set in the fictional world of Panem, a nation compromised of 13 districts.
  • Reaping
    The reaping is a form of lottery that occurs every year before the Hunger Games. While the reaping appears to be mere entertainment, it is a very vicious and brutal event that brings worry and fear to all of the 12 Districts of Panem.
  • Tracker Jacker
    Tracker jackers are genetically modified vespids that hunt down and attack anything that disturbs their nests.
  • Tributes
    Tributes are those children who participate in the Hunger Games. Almost always, 24 tributes in total participate in a battle royale to the death.
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  • Victors
    The winners of the Hunger Games are referred to as victors. Not only are victors welcomed with fame and celebration by their respective districts each year, but they are also provided with enough wealth by the Capitol to lead comfortable lives for the rest of their lifetimes.
The Hunger Games Glossary
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