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vocalism

[voh-kuh-liz-uh m]
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noun
  1. Phonetics.
    1. a vowel, diphthong, triphthong, or vowel quality, as in a syllable.
    2. the system of vowels of a language.
  2. the use of the voice, as in speech or song.
  3. the act, principles, or art of singing.

Origin of vocalism

First recorded in 1860–65; vocal + -ism
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Examples from the Web for vocalism

Historical Examples

  • The vocalism at this service was by about sixty children and ten ladies of the regular choir.

    History of the Catholic Church in Paterson, N.J.

    Charles A. Shriner

  • The aged pianist had often listened to her vocalism with enraptured gaze, and she believed he, too, was her slave.

    The Son of Clemenceau

    Alexandre (fils) Dumas


British Dictionary definitions for vocalism

vocalism

noun
  1. the exercise of the voice, as in singing or speaking
  2. singing, esp in respect to technique or skill
  3. phonetics
    1. a voiced speech sound, esp a vowel
    2. a system of vowels as used in a language
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