- 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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Examples from the Web for vocals
Every other band I had been in had been pretty loud, you could never hear the vocals.Deer Tick's John McCauley on Ten Years in Rock and Roll
January 2, 2015
What were your impressions on playing on something wholly guided by vocals?Herbie Hancock Holds Forth
November 8, 2014
Professional jingle /voice-over artist Eddie Ganz provided the vocals.The Government Is Using Subliminal Songs To Scare Immigrants
July 12, 2014
The vocals, for starters: few other acts have ever had three lead singers.The Band’s ‘Rock of Ages’ Is the Greatest Live Album Ever
October 14, 2013
That takes 50 percent of your breath power, so my challenge is how to balance that with my vocals.Is Mick Jagger Too Old to Rock?
July 26, 2013
- 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 vocals
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.