[ voh-kuh-buh l ]
/ ˈvoʊ kə bəl /


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


capable of being spoken.

Nearby words

  1. voa,
  2. voc,
  3. voc.,
  4. vocab,
  5. vocab.,
  6. vocabulary,
  7. vocabulary entry,
  8. vocal,
  9. vocal cord,
  10. vocal cord nodules

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

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

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

    The Meaning of Truth|William James
  • Often I had wished to test in speech the widely alleged merits of this vocable.

    Somewhere in Red Gap|Harry Leon Wilson
  • We find ourselves before a Greek vocable reproduced in Tifinar.

    Atlantida|Pierre Benoit

British Dictionary definitions for vocable


/ (ˈvəʊkəbəl) /


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


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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