vo·​cal·​ism | \ ˈvō-kə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce vocalism (audio) \

Definition of vocalism

1a : the vowel system of a language or dialect
b : the pattern of vowels in a word or paradigm
3 : vocal art or technique : singing

Examples of vocalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His rhythms have been fudged; his operas have become occasions for vulgar high-note battles rather than displays of refinement, subtle vocalism and meticulous wedding of text and music. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: Details Matter in Riccardo Muti’s Precise ‘Aida’," 23 June 2019 For Mork, a former choral singer, vocalism is indelibly integrated with his cello playing. BostonGlobe.com, "Guest conductor Dima Slobodeniouk leads the BSO to walk less traveled paths - The Boston Globe," 12 Oct. 2019 One of those singers was mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich, whose velvety vocalism illuminated the kindly character of Dodo in this bracing tale of faith and repression. Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News, "Superb mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich adds dazzle to SF Piano Fest," 20 Aug. 2019 His entrance aria was pure vocal gold, while his ardent Arturo dominated the third act with one virtuosic feat of vocalism after another. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Spectacular singing sparks Lyric's revival of 'I Puritani'," 5 Feb. 2018 Johnson-Moore captures the saucy-vulnerable mix of Roxie and produces sizzling vocalism. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "ArtsCentric offers all-African-American production of 'Chicago'," 2 Aug. 2017 Ms. Buck was wonderful, her vocalism soaring, strong and pure. James R. Oestreich, New York Times, "Review: LoftOpera Stages a Rarity, With Lingerie," 26 June 2017 A gifted singing actor, Schrott shaded the role with robust vocalism and keen comic timing. Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News, "Review: A seductive ‘Don Giovanni’ on the prowl at SF Opera," 5 June 2017

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First Known Use of vocalism

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Vocalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vocalism. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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