a word; term; name.
a word considered only as a combination of certain sounds or letters, without regard to meaning.
capable of being spoken.
- vo·ca·bly, adverb
- non·vo·ca·ble, adjective, noun
- un·vo·ca·ble, adjective
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How to use vocable in a sentence
Sometimes he merely alters a letter or two; sometimes he twists off the head or the tail of the unfortunate vocable altogether.Spenser | R. W. Church
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
There was a vocable that occasioned me some perplexity—indeed a haze envelopes it still.An Irishman's Difficulties with the Dutch Language | N.A. Cuey-na-Gael
A very little would have induced him to fill that empty vocable with a name.Diana of the Crossways, Complete | George Meredith
The same vocable is preserved to our day in the name borne by one of the provinces of Persia, Khouzistan.A History of Art in Chalda & Assyria, v. 1 | Georges Perrot
British Dictionary definitions for vocable
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
- vocably, adverb
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