Definition of vocal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈvəʊkl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvoʊkl//
Describing music
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[usually plural] the part of a piece of music that is sung, rather than played on a musical instrument backing vocals In this recording Armstrong himself is on vocals. See related entries: Describing music Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin vocalis, from vox, voc-. Current senses of the noun date from the 1920s.
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