- a word; term; name.
- a word considered only as a combination of certain sounds or letters, without regard to meaning.
- capable of being spoken.
Origin of vocable
1520–30; < Latin vocābulum a word, a name, equivalent to vocā(re) to call + -bulum noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for vocable
We find ourselves before a Greek vocable reproduced in Tifinar.Atlantida
Suppose I have an idea to which I give utterance by the vocable 'skrkl,' claiming at the same time that it is true.The Meaning of Truth
There was a vocable that occasioned me some perplexity—indeed a haze envelopes it still.An Irishman's Difficulties with the Dutch Language
Often I had wished to test in speech the widely alleged merits of this vocable.Somewhere in Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
- any word, either written or spoken, regarded simply as a sequence of letters or spoken sounds, irrespective of its meaning
- a vocal sound; vowel
- capable of being uttered
C16: from Latin vocābulum a designation, from vocāre to call
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