vocal

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See also: vocâl

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Old French vocal, borrowed from Latin vōcālis.

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Adjective[edit]

vocal (comparative more vocal, superlative most vocal)

  1. Of or pertaining to the voice or speech
    vocal problems
  2. Having a voice
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost
      To hill or valley, fountain, or fresh shade, / Made vocal by my song.
  3. Uttered or modulated by the voice; oral
    vocal melody
    vocal prayer
    vocal worship
  4. Of or pertaining to a voice sound; spoken
  5. (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
  6. (phonetics) Of or pertaining to a vowel; having the character of a vowel; vowel
    a vocal sound
  7. loud; getting oneself heard.
    The protesters 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.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

vocal (masculine and feminine plural vocals)

  1. vocal

Noun[edit]

vocal f (plural vocals)

  1. vowel

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin vōcālis. Doublet of voyelle.

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Adjective[edit]

vocal (feminine singular 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 (oblique and nominative feminine singular vocale)

  1. vocal (relating to a voice or voices)

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Portuguese[edit]

Adjective[edit]

vocal m, f (plural vocais, comparable)

  1. vocal (of or pertaining to the voice or speech)
  2. vocal (uttered or modulated by the voice)

Noun[edit]

vocal m f (plural vocais)

  1. vocalist (singer in a band)
    Synonyms: vocalista

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From 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 (plural vocales)

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