vocal

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See also: vocâl

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French vocal from Latin vōcālis.

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vocal (comparative more vocal, superlative most vocal)

  1. Of or pertaining to the voice or speech; having voice; endowed with utterance; full of voice, or voices
    • (Can we date this quote?) Milton,
      To hill or valley, fountain, or fresh shade, / Made vocal by my song.
    vocal problems
  2. Uttered or modulated by the voice; oral; as, vocal melody; vocal prayer, vocal worship.
  3. Of or pertaining to a vowel or voice sound; also, spoken with tone, intonation, and resonance; sonant; sonorous; -- said of certain articulate sounds
  4. (phonetics) Consisting of, or characterized by, voice, or tone produced in the larynx, which may be modified, either by resonance, as in the case of the vowels, or by obstructive action, as in certain consonants, such as v, l, etc., or by both, as in the nasals m, n, ng; sonant; intonated; voiced. See voice, and vowel
  5. (phonetics) Of or pertaining to a vowel; having the character of a vowel; vowel
    a vocal sound
  6. loud; getting oneself heard.
    The protestors were very vocal in their message to the mayor.

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Noun[edit]

vocal (plural vocals)

  1. (phonetics) A vocal sound; specifically, a purely vocal element of speech, unmodified except by resonance; a vowel or a diphthong; a tonic element; a tonic; -- distinguished from a subvocal, and a nonvocal
  2. (Roman Catholic Church) A man who has a right to vote in certain elections.

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Asturian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin vōcālis.

Noun[edit]

vocal f (plural vocales)

  1. A vowel.

Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin vōcālis.

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Adjective[edit]

vocal m, f (masculine and feminine plural vocals)

  1. vocal

Noun[edit]

vocal f (plural vocals)

  1. vowel

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin vōcālis.

Adjective[edit]

vocal m (feminine vocale, masculine plural vocaux, feminine plural vocales)

  1. vocal, related to the voice

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin vōcālis.

Adjective[edit]

vocal m

  1. vocal (relating to a voice or voices)

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin vōcālis.

Noun[edit]

vocal f (plural vocales)

  1. vowel

Noun[edit]

vocal m, f (plural vocales)

  1. voter, member with vote rights

Adjective[edit]

vocal m, f (plural vocales)

  1. by means of the voice
  2. related to the voice
  3. using the voice