a device in certain types of telecommunications equipment, as telephone answering machines, that converts an incoming voice or sound signal into an electrical signal that turns on a transmitter or recorder that continues to operate as long as the incoming signal is maintained.

Origin of VOX

acronym from voice-operated keying, altered to conform to Latin vōx voice

vox et praeterea nihil

[wohks et prahy-te-re-ah ni-hil; English voks et pri-teer-ee-uh nahy-hil]


a voice and nothing more.

vox populi

[voks pop-yuh-lahy]


the voice of the people; popular opinion.Abbreviationvox pop.

Origin of vox populi

From the Latin word vōx populī

vox populi, vox Dei

[wohks poh-poo-lee wohks de-ee; English voks pop-yuh-lahy voks dee-ahy, dey-ee]


the voice of the people (is) the voice of God.
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Examples from the Web for vox

Contemporary Examples of vox

Historical Examples of vox

  • The vox Bensonorum was as familiar as the Congregational bell.

    'Charge It'

    Irving Bacheller

  • Vox populi, vox Dei: the voice of the people is the voice of God.

    The Verbalist

    Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)

  • The wonderful "vox humana" stop also belongs to this manual.

    How it Works

    Archibald Williams

  • At length I croaked out, 'Vox faucibus hsit, domine—Vox faucibus hsit.

  • The mover of any such proposal was vox clamantis in deserto.

British Dictionary definitions for vox


noun plural voces (ˈvəʊsiːz)

a voice or sound

Word Origin for vox

Latin: voice

vox populi


the voice of the people; popular or public opinion

Word Origin for vox populi

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Word Origin and History for vox

Latin, literally "voice" (see voice (n.)).

vox populi


1540s, Latin, literally "voice of the people." The full maxim (first attested in Medieval Latin) is vox populi, vox Dei "the voice of the people is the voice of God." Short form vox pop attested by 1964.

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