vocal

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search
See also: vocâl

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Late Middle English vocal, borrowed from Latin vōcālis (uttering a voice, sounding, speaking), from vōx (a voice, sound, tone) +‎ -ālis (-al, adjectival suffix). Doublet of vowel and vocalis. Compare Old French vocal.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

vocal (comparative more vocal, superlative most vocal)

  1. Of, pertaining to, or resembling the human voice or speech.
    vocal problems
    1. (anatomy) Used in the production of speech sounds.
      vocal apparatus
    2. (music) Relating to, composed or arranged for, or sung by the human voice.
    3. (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.
      Synonyms: sonant, intonated, voiced
    4. (phonetics) Synonym of vocalic.
  2. Uttered or modulated by the voice; expressed in words.
    vocal melody, vocal prayer, vocal worship
    Synonyms: oral, audible
    Antonyms: inaudible, quiet, silent, voiceless
    1. Expressing opinions or feelings freely, loudly, or insistently.
      The protesters were very vocal in their message to the mayor.
      Synonyms: outspoken, loud, audible
      Antonyms: inaudible, quiet, silent
    2. Having or exercising the power of producing voice, speech, or sound.
      Synonym: spoken
    3. Synonym of expressive.
    4. Full of voices.
      Synonym: resounding

Derived terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.

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.
    Coordinate terms: subvocal, nonvocal
  2. (music) A part of a piece of music that is sung.
    Synonym: song
    Hyponyms: backup vocals, lead vocals
    1. (acting) A musical performance involving singing.
  3. (Catholicism) A man in the Roman Catholic Church who has a right to vote in certain elections.

Derived terms[edit]

Related terms[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]


Asturian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin vōcālis.

Noun[edit]

vocal f (plural vocales)

  1. (grammar) A vowel.

Related terms[edit]


Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin vōcālis.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

vocal (masculine and feminine plural vocals)

  1. vocal

Derived terms[edit]

Related terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

vocal f (plural vocals)

  1. vowel

Derived terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French vocal, borrowed from Latin vōcālis. Doublet of voyelle.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

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

  1. vocal, related to the voice

Derived terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]


Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin vōcālis.

Adjective[edit]

vocal m (oblique and nominative feminine singular vocale)

  1. vocal (relating to a voice or voices)

Descendants[edit]

  • French: vocal
  • Middle English: vocal

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin vōcālis. Doublet of vogal.

Adjective[edit]

vocal m or 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)
    Synonym: vocalista

Related terms[edit]


Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French vocal, from Latin vocalis.

Adjective[edit]

vocal m or n (feminine singular vocală, masculine plural vocali, feminine and neuter plural vocale)

  1. vocal

Declension[edit]


Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin vōcālis.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /boˈkal/, [boˈkal]

Noun[edit]

vocal f (plural vocales)

  1. vowel

Noun[edit]

vocal m or f (plural vocales)

  1. voter, member with vote rights

Descendants[edit]

Adjective[edit]

vocal (plural vocales)

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

Derived terms[edit]

Related terms[edit]

Anagrams[edit]

Further reading[edit]