[ voh-kuh-liz-uh m ]
/ ˈvoʊ kəˌlɪz əm /


  1. a vowel, diphthong, triphthong, or vowel quality, as in a syllable.
  2. the system of vowels of a language.
the use of the voice, as in speech or song.
the act, principles, or art of singing.

Origin of vocalism

First recorded in 1860–65; vocal + -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for vocalism

/ (ˈvəʊkəˌlɪzəm) /


the exercise of the voice, as in singing or speaking
singing, esp in respect to technique or skill
  1. a voiced speech sound, esp a vowel
  2. a system of vowels as used in a language
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