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Meaning of “vocal” in the English Dictionary

"vocal" in British English

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vocaladjective

uk   /ˈvəʊ.kəl/  us   /ˈvoʊ-/
  • vocal adjective (OF THE VOICE)

relating to or ​produced by the ​voice, either in ​singing or ​speaking: a ​piece of vocal ​music The six ​principalroles in this ​opera have an ​average vocal range of two ​octaves.

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  • vocal adjective (OFTEN HEARD)

often ​expressingopinions and ​complaints in ​speech: He had always been a very vocal critic of the ​president. During these ​years, ​suffragedemands by women ​becameincreasingly vocal.
vocally
adverb uk   us   /-i/

vocalnoun [C usually plural]

uk   /ˈvəʊ.kəl/  us   /ˈvoʊ-/
the ​singing in a ​piece of ​popularmusic: The vocals are ​shared by two ​members of the ​band. Who is that on vocals (= ​singing)?
(Definition of vocal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"vocal" in American English

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vocaladjective

 us   /ˈvoʊ·kəl/
  • vocal adjective (OF THE VOICE)

[not gradable] relating to or ​produced by the ​voice, either in ​singing or ​speaking: vocal ​music
  • vocal adjective (OFTEN HEARD)

often ​expressingopinions and ​complaints in ​speech: He is ​emerging as his party’s most vocal ​critic of the ​president.
vocally
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ˈvoʊ·kə·li/

vocalnoun [C usually pl]

 us   /ˈvoʊ·kəl/
the ​singing in a ​piece of ​popularmusic: At ​times his vocals were ​drowned out by the ​audiencesinging along.
(Definition of vocal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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