vo·​ca·​ble | \ ˈvō-kə-bəl How to pronounce vocable (audio) \

Definition of vocable

: term specifically : a word composed of various sounds or letters without regard to its meaning

Examples of vocable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The birds’ phrasings are both melodic and mechanical, cyclical and spontaneous, like the wordless vocables of scat singers. New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Starlings," 11 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of vocable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vocable

Middle French, from Latin vocabulum, from vocare to call, from vox voice — more at voice

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“Vocable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vocable. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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