[ 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.

Origin of vocable

1520–30; < Latin vocābulum a word, a name, equivalent to vocā(re) to call + -bulum noun suffix


vo·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 forms of vocable

vocably, adverb

Word Origin for vocable

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