vocable

[voh-kuh-buh l]

noun

a word; term; name.
a word considered only as a combination of certain sounds or letters, without regard to meaning.

adjective

capable of being spoken.

Origin of vocable

1520–30; < Latin vocābulum a word, a name, equivalent to vocā(re) to call + -bulum noun suffix
Related formsvo·ca·bly, adverbnon·vo·ca·ble, adjective, nounun·vo·ca·ble, adjective
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Examples from the Web for vocable

Historical Examples of vocable

  • We find ourselves before a Greek vocable reproduced in Tifinar.

    Atlantida

    Pierre Benoit

  • Suppose I have an idea to which I give utterance by the vocable 'skrkl,' claiming at the same time that it is true.

  • There was a vocable that occasioned me some perplexity—indeed a haze envelopes it still.

  • Often I had wished to test in speech the widely alleged merits of this vocable.

    Somewhere in Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson


British Dictionary definitions for vocable

vocable

noun

any word, either written or spoken, regarded simply as a sequence of letters or spoken sounds, irrespective of its meaning
a vocal sound; vowel

adjective

capable of being uttered
Derived Formsvocably, adverb

Word Origin for vocable

C16: from Latin vocābulum a designation, from vocāre to call
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