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Origin of vocalist

First recorded in 1605–15; vocal + -ist
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Related Words for vocalist

entertainer, musician, performer, songster

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British Dictionary definitions for vocalist


  1. a singer, esp one who regularly appears with a jazz band or pop group
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Word Origin and History for vocalist

1610s, "speaker;" 1834, "singer;" from vocal + -ist.

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