vocal

[ voh-kuhl ]
/ ˈvoʊ kəl /
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adjective

noun

a vocal sound.
a musical piece for a singer, usually with instrumental accompaniment.Compare instrumental(def 6).

Nearby words

  1. vocab,
  2. vocab.,
  3. vocable,
  4. vocabulary,
  5. vocabulary entry,
  6. vocal cord,
  7. vocal cord nodules,
  8. vocal cords,
  9. vocal fold,
  10. vocal folds

Origin of vocal

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin vōcālis, equivalent to vōc- (stem of vōx) voice + -ālis -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for vocally

vocal

/ (ˈvəʊkəl) /

adjective

noun

a piece of jazz or pop music that is sung
a performance of such a piece of music
Derived Formsvocality (vəʊˈkælɪtɪ), nounvocally, adverb

Word Origin for vocal

C14: from Latin vōcālis possessed of a voice, from vōx voice

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Word Origin and History for vocally

vocal

adj.

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.

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Medicine definitions for vocally

vocal

[ vōkəl ]

adj.

Of or relating to the voice.
Capable of emitting sound or speech.

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