vocal

See also: vocâl

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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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NounEdit

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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AsturianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Latin vōcālis.

NounEdit

vocal f (plural vocales)

  1. A vowel.

CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Latin vōcālis.

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AdjectiveEdit

vocal m, f (masculine and feminine plural vocals)

  1. vocal

NounEdit

vocal f (plural vocals)

  1. vowel

FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

EtymologyEdit

Latin vōcālis.

AdjectiveEdit

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

  1. vocal, related to the voice

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Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Latin vōcālis.

AdjectiveEdit

vocal m

  1. vocal (relating to a voice or voices)

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SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Latin vōcālis.

NounEdit

vocal f (plural vocales)

  1. vowel

NounEdit

vocal m, f (plural vocales)

  1. voter, member with vote rights

AdjectiveEdit

vocal m, f (plural vocales)

  1. by means of the voice
  2. related to the voice
  3. using the voice
Last modified on 4 April 2014, at 00:29