- of, relating to, or uttered with the voice: the vocal mechanism; vocal criticism.
- rendered by or intended for singing: vocal music.
- having a voice: A dog is a vocal, but not a verbal, being.
- giving forth sound with or as with a voice.
- inclined to express oneself in words, especially copiously or insistently: a vocal advocate of reform.
- a vocal sound.
- a musical piece for a singer, usually with instrumental accompaniment.Compare instrumental(def 6).
Origin of vocal
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Related Wordsarticulate, verbal, operatic, choral, outspoken, vociferous, eloquent, expressive, blunt, strident, forthright, singing, sonant, lyric, oral, vowel, sung, frank, round, free
Examples from the Web for vocal
I ended up developing a blister on one of my vocal cords, so that kinda sucked.Deer Tick's John McCauley on Ten Years in Rock and Roll
January 2, 2015
Jessen was named a Mormon bishop, but the appointment was met with vocal protests.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built
December 12, 2014
Entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa is a vocal proponent of gender diversity.Tech’s Male ‘Feminists’ Aren’t Helping
Cate Huston, Karen Catlin
December 8, 2014
One, from a short preview of her rehearsal performance, is that Williams certainly boasts the vocal chops to do the part justice.The Cast of ‘Peter Pan Live!’ Knows You Hatewatched ‘The Sound of Music’
December 2, 2014
Cooke describes Joplin as being “always on the prowl and vocal about it.”Janis Joplin’s Kozmic Blues
November 8, 2014
Still the barytone, who was almost as fond of conversation as of what he termed "vocal."K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
He produced the lop-sided appearance of his laugh, but without making it vocal.Alice Adams
Toward evening there was vocal music, and the men sang in chorus.The Downfall
He wriggled and fought, but he was pinned and helpless, hands, feet and vocal organs.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
I believe I have a demon that inhabits my vocal cords upon occasion.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
- of, relating to, or designed for the voicevocal music
- produced or delivered by the voicevocal noises
- connected with an attribute or the production of the voicevocal organs
- frequently disposed to outspoken speech, criticism, etca vocal minority
- full of sound or voicesa vocal assembly
- endowed with a voice
- eloquent or meaningful
- of or relating to a speech sound
- of or relating to a voiced speech sound, esp a vowel
- a piece of jazz or pop music that is sung
- a performance of such a piece of music
Word Origin and History for vocal
late 14c., "spoken, oral," from Old French vocal, from Latin vocalis "sounding, sonorous, speaking," as a noun, "a vowel," from vox (genitive vocis) "voice" (see voice (n.)). In reference to music (as opposed to instrumental), first recorded 1580s; meaning "outspoken" first attested 1871. Vocal cords is from 1872; see cord.
- Of or relating to the voice.
- Capable of emitting sound or speech.