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adjective vo·cal \ˈvō-kəl\

Simple Definition of vocal

  • : of, relating to, or produced by the voice

  • : expressing opinions in a public and forceful way

Full Definition of vocal

  1. 1 a :  uttered by the voice :  oral b :  produced in the larynx :  uttered with voice

  2. 2 :  relating to, composed or arranged for, or sung by the human voice <vocal music>

  3. 3 :  vocalic

  4. 4 a :  having or exercising the power of producing voice, speech, or sound b :  expressive c :  full of voices :  resounding d :  given to expressing oneself freely or insistently :  outspoken <a highly vocal critic> e :  expressed in words

  5. 5 :  of, relating to, or resembling the voice <vocal impairment>

vo·cal·i·ty play \vō-ˈka-lə-tē\ noun
vo·cal·ly play \ˈvō-kə-lē\ adverb

Examples of vocal

  1. music with vocal and instrumental parts

  2. She is a vocal critic of the new law.

  3. He was very vocal in his criticism of me.

Origin of vocal

Middle English, from Latin vocalis, from voc-, vox voice — more at voice

First Known Use: 14th century



noun vo·cal

Definition of vocal

  1. 1 :  a vocal sound

  2. 2 :  a usually accompanied musical composition for the human voice :  song; also :  a performance of such a composition

Examples of vocal

  1. <a recording artist who arranges his own vocals>


First Known Use of vocal


VOCAL Defined for Kids


adjective vo·cal \ˈvō-kəl\

Definition of vocal

  1. 1 :  uttered by the voice :  oral <vocal communication>

  2. 2 :  composed or arranged for or sung by the human voice <the vocal parts of a song>

  3. 3 :  speaking freely or loudly :  outspoken <a vocal critic>

  4. 4 :  relating to or involved in producing the voice <the vocal organs>

vo·cal·ly adverb

Word Root of vocal

The Latin word vox, meaning “voice,” and the related word vocāre, meaning “to call”, give us the root voc or vok. Words from the Latin vox or vocāre have something to do with the voice or with calling. Anything vocal is produced by the voice. A vocation is the work that someone is called to do as a job. To evoke is to call forth. To invoke is to call on for aid or protection. To provoke is to call forth another's anger. The word voice also has vox as its root.

Medical Dictionary


adjective vo·cal \ˈvō-kəl\

Medical Definition of vocal

  1. 1:  uttered by the voice :  oral

  2. 2:  having or exercising the power of producing voice, speech, or sound

  3. 3:  of, relating to, or resembling the voice <vocal dysfunction due to throat infection>

  4. vo·cal·i·ty \vō-ˈkal-ət-ē\play noun, plural vo·cal·i·ties
    vo·cal·ly \ˈvō-kə-lē\play adverb

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February 10, 2016

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