- of, relating to, or uttered with the voice: the vocal mechanism; vocal criticism.
- rendered by or intended for singing: vocal music.
- having a voice: A dog is a vocal, but not a verbal, being.
- giving forth sound with or as with a voice.
- inclined to express oneself in words, especially copiously or insistently: a vocal advocate of reform.
- a vocal sound.
- a musical piece for a singer, usually with instrumental accompaniment.Compare instrumental(def 6).
Origin of vocal
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- of, relating to, or designed for the voicevocal music
- produced or delivered by the voicevocal noises
- connected with an attribute or the production of the voicevocal organs
- frequently disposed to outspoken speech, criticism, etca vocal minority
- full of sound or voicesa vocal assembly
- endowed with a voice
- eloquent or meaningful
- of or relating to a speech sound
- of or relating to a voiced speech sound, esp a vowel
- a piece of jazz or pop music that is sung
- a performance of such a piece of music
Word Origin and History for vocalness
late 14c., "spoken, oral," from Old French vocal, from Latin vocalis "sounding, sonorous, speaking," as a noun, "a vowel," from vox (genitive vocis) "voice" (see voice (n.)). In reference to music (as opposed to instrumental), first recorded 1580s; meaning "outspoken" first attested 1871. Vocal cords is from 1872; see cord.
- Of or relating to the voice.
- Capable of emitting sound or speech.