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vocal

adjective vo·cal \ ˈvō-kəl \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of vocal

1 a : uttered by the voice : oral
b : produced in the larynx : uttered with voice
2 a : given to expressing oneself freely or insistently : outspoken
  • a highly vocal critic
b : having or exercising the power of producing voice, speech, or sound
d : full of voices : resounding
e : expressed in words
3 : relating to, composed or arranged for, or sung by the human voice
  • vocal music
4 : of, relating to, or resembling the voice
  • vocal impairment
5 : vocalic

vocality

play \vō-ˈka-lə-tē\ noun

vocally

play \ˈvō-kə-lē\ adverb

Examples of vocal in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of vocal

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


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vocal

noun

Definition of vocal

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

Examples of vocal in a Sentence

  1. a recording artist who arranges his own vocals

Recent Examples of vocal from the Web

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First Known Use of vocal

1582


VOCAL Defined for English Language Learners

vocal

adjective

Definition of vocal for English Language Learners

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

  • : expressing opinions in a public and forceful way


VOCAL Defined for Kids

vocal

adjective vo·cal \ ˈvō-kəl \

Definition of vocal for Students

1 : uttered by the voice : oral
  • vocal communication
2 : composed or arranged for or sung by the human voice
  • the vocal parts of a song
3 : speaking freely or loudly : outspoken
  • a vocal critic
4 : relating to or involved in producing the voice
  • the vocal organs

vocally

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

vocal

adjective vo·cal \ ˈvō-kəl \

medical Definition of vocal

1 : uttered by the voice : oral
2 : having or exercising the power of producing voice, speech, or sound
3 : of, relating to, or resembling the voice
  • vocal dysfunction due to throat infection

vocality

play \vō-ˈkal-ət-ē\ noun plural -ties

vocally

play \ˈvō-kə-lē\ adverb


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