[ voh-kuhl ]
/ ˈvoʊ kəl /



a vocal sound.
a musical piece for a singer, usually with instrumental accompaniment.Compare instrumental(def 6).

Origin of vocal

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin vōcālis, equivalent to vōc- (stem of vōx) voice + -ālis -al1

Related forms

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Examples from the Web for nonvocal

  • They're not really nontelepathic, any more than the Kierawelans, for example, are nonvocal.

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British Dictionary definitions for nonvocal


/ (ˈvəʊkəl) /



a piece of jazz or pop music that is sung
a performance of such a piece of music

Derived Forms

vocality (vəʊˈkælɪtɪ), nounvocally, adverb

Word Origin for vocal

C14: from Latin vōcālis possessed of a voice, from vōx voice
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Medicine definitions for nonvocal


[ vōkəl ]


Of or relating to the voice.
Capable of emitting sound or speech.
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