vo·​cal·​ic | \ vō-ˈka-lik How to pronounce vocalic (audio) , və- \

Definition of vocalic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : marked by or consisting of vowels
2a : being or functioning as a vowel
b : of, relating to, or associated with a vowel



Definition of vocalic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a vowel sound or sequence in its function as the most sonorous part of a syllable

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Other Words from vocalic


vocalically \ vō-​ˈka-​li-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce vocalically (audio) , və-​ \ adverb

Examples of vocalic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Such sounds are technically known as paralanguage (or vocalics), a field pioneered back in the 1950s by George L. Trager, a linguist who worked in the State Department's Foreign Service Institute. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The “burp-talking” in Rick and Morty isn’t as meaningless as you might think," 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of vocalic


1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1902, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vocalic


Latin vocalis vowel, from vocalis vocal

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The first known use of vocalic was in 1782

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3 Sep 2020

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“Vocalic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vocalic. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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