vocal

Anything vocal is related to speaking or singing, like your math class's vocal objections to a pop quiz or the vocal warm-ups that a jazz singer does before a big performance.

The word vocal comes from the Latin vocalis ("sounding, sonorous, or speaking") and its root meaning of "voice." As a noun, it refers to a section of music that's sung, rather than played on an instrument: "The vocals in that song were beautiful, but the guitar was out of tune." There's also a figurative way to be vocal, by expressing your ideas passionately and freely: "She was vocal about her environmentalism."

Definitions of vocal
  1. noun
    music intended to be performed by one or more singers, usually with instrumental accompaniment
    synonyms: vocal music
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    type of:
    music
    an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
  2. noun
    a short musical composition with words
    synonyms: song
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    religious song
    religious music for singing
    anthem
    a song of devotion or loyalty (as to a nation or school)
    aria
    an elaborate song for solo voice
    ballad, lay
    a narrative song with a recurrent refrain
    barcarole, barcarolle
    a boating song sung by Venetian gondoliers
    ditty
    a short simple song (or the words of a poem intended to be sung)
    coronach, dirge, lament, requiem, threnody
    a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person
    drinking song
    a song celebrating the joys of drinking; sung at drinking parties
    folk ballad, folk song, folksong
    a song that is traditionally sung by the common people of a region and forms part of their culture
    lied
    a German art song of the 19th century for voice and piano
    love song, love-song
    a song about love or expressing love for another person
    berceuse, cradlesong, lullaby
    a quiet song intended to lull a child to sleep
    golden oldie, oldie
    a song that was formerly popular
    partsong
    a song with two or more voice parts
    prothalamion, prothalamium
    a song in celebration of a marriage
    roundelay
    a song in which a line or phrase is repeated as the refrain
    banquet song, scolion
    a song (sometimes improvised) sung by guests at a banquet
    serenade
    a song characteristically played outside the house of a woman
    torch song
    a popular song concerned with disappointment in love
    work song
    a usually rhythmical song to accompany repetitious work
    chant
    a repetitive song in which as many syllables as necessary are assigned to a single tone
    Negro spiritual, spiritual
    a kind of religious song originated by Blacks in the southern United States
    Christmas carol, carol
    joyful religious song celebrating the birth of Christ
    anthem, hymn
    a song of praise (to God or to a saint or to a nation)
    keen
    a funeral lament sung with loud wailing
    national anthem
    a song formally adopted as the anthem for a nation
    arietta, short aria
    a short aria
    minstrelsy
    ballads sung by minstrels
    chantey, chanty, sea chantey, shanty
    a rhythmical work song originally sung by sailors
    blues
    a type of folksong that originated among Black Americans at the beginning of the 20th century; has a melancholy sound from repeated use of blue notes
    fado
    a sad Portuguese folksong
    madrigal
    an unaccompanied partsong for 2 or 3 voices; follows a strict poetic form
    round, troll
    a partsong in which voices follow each other; one voice starts and others join in one after another until all are singing different parts of the song at the same time
    belling, callathump, callithump, charivari, chivaree, shivaree
    a noisy mock serenade (made by banging pans and kettles) to a newly married couple
    type of:
    composition, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music
    a musical work that has been created
  3. adjective
    having or using the power to produce speech or sound
    vocal organs”
    “all vocal beings hymned their praise”
  4. adjective
    full of the sound of voices
    “a playground vocal with the shouts and laughter of children”
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    loud
    characterized by or producing sound of great volume or intensity
  5. adjective
    given to expressing yourself freely or insistently
    “a vocal assembly”
    synonyms: outspoken
    communicative, communicatory
    able or tending to communicate
  6. adjective
    relating to or designed for or using the singing voice
    vocal technique”
    “the vocal repertoire”
    “organized a vocal group to sing his compositions”
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    Antonyms:
    instrumental
    relating to or designed for or performed on musical instruments
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