vocalic

1 of 2

adjective

vo·​cal·​ic vō-ˈka-lik How to pronounce vocalic (audio)
və-
1
: marked by or consisting of vowels
2
a
: being or functioning as a vowel
b
: of, relating to, or associated with a vowel
vocalically adverb

vocalic

2 of 2

noun

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

Example Sentences

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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, 6 Dec. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Latin vocalis vowel, from vocalis vocal

First Known Use

Adjective

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vocalic was in 1782

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“Vocalic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vocalic. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

vocalic

adjective

vo·​cal·​ic
vō-ˈkal-ik
1
: marked by or consisting of vowels
2
: of, relating to, or functioning as a vowel
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